Allison Hertog has a successful national practice advocating for students who have been previously denied accommodations on standardized entrance exams, such as the ACT, SAT, MCAT, LSAT, USMLE etc. Leveraging fairly recent changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ms. Hertog’s unique approach has been especially effective with high-achieving students who have ADHD,, learning disabilities and medical disorders. There are a number of factors to look out for when trying to obtain accommodations, particularly extended time. Here are a few:
Wariness of “11th Hour Disabilities”
Testing boards are prone to deny accommodations to students who appear to have developed disabilities late in their educational careers. It’s super important to document that you had symptoms of the disability for years, even if you were not diagnosed until more recently.
Inconsistent Testing Board Decisions
Decisions by these testing boards are often very internally inconsistent, so even if you have a solid case under the law to receive accommodations you may be denied. That makes hiring an attorney, especially one like Ms. Hertog who has connections, to advocate for you critical because a board will take a second look at your application with a higher level administrator reviewing your case.
Concise Presentation of Your Case in Legal and Educational Contexts
Testing boards get hundreds to thousands of applications for accommodations for each test sitting, and they don’t have time to do a careful review of each case. Often they just skim it looking at only a few factors in our experience. Ms. Hertog’s will assemble the facts of your case in a clear and concise presentation. As one of only a handful of lawyers in the country with a masters degree in special education, she’ll highlight the critical educational aspects of your history in an impressive legal context.