The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (PL 101‐336) is a sweeping civil rights law which is intended to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities in all aspects of life. The American College of Sports Medicine examination program embraces the law in both letter and spirit. Title I of the ADA states "Employers [certifying bodies] should conduct a job analysis to determine the essential functions of each job (knowledge and skills‐ KSs). When an individual with a disability meets legitimate educational, skill, and experience qualifications for a position [credential examination] the employer must make a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to, reassignment of non‐essential tasks, providing auxiliary aids or services, removing architectural barriers in the workplace..." Title III includes a provision for "changing rules or practices" for individuals with disabilities who meet essential eligibility requirements. Reasonable accommodations for the purpose of conducting an ACSM credential examination may include text magnification, assistive listening devices, readers, and extended time.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) wishes to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently from other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If a candidate needs the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact ACSM’s Certification Department at (317) 637‐9200.
The special accommodation request form can be found in Appendix C.
All requests for special accommodations for an ACSM credentialing exam must be by made emailing the completed accommodations request to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing the completed form to ACSM Certification Department, 401 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202‐3233.
One MUST get special accommodations approved prior to scheduling an exam. If you have an exam already scheduled, we cannot retroactively add accommodations. You must cancel that exam and wait until accommodations are approved and THEN schedule your exam (instructions will be given upon approval).