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SAC - Potential Barriers and Possible SAC Support

For all enquiries, please email sac@nzqa.govt.nz

Note that use of a Writer/Computer or Reader provides an automatic entitlement to separate accommodation.

Possible difficulty

L Learning
M Medical
P Physical
S Sensory Impaired

Functional Impact/Impairment in formal assessments

Possible Special Assessment Conditions (SAC)

 

Confirmation of need from school based on:

 

Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder, Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders (M)

Severe concentration and impulse control/difficulty.
Permission required to take medication.

Separate Accommodation.
Rest Breaks.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical history/report.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (M)

Severe concentration difficulties.
Disruptive behaviour.
Need for stability and routine.

Separate Accommodation.
Computer.
Rest Breaks.

Teacher comments and/or
Psychological/ Medical history/report.

Back/leg injury, chronic pain (P)

Pain/discomfort due to injury.
Problems with prolonged sitting.
Permission required to take medication and to allow standing and stretching in room.

Rest Breaks.
Separate Accommodation.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical history/report.
ACC file notes.

Deafness/hearing impaired (S)

Inability to hear instructions.
Language delay.
Written instructions required.
Placement near the teacher.

Extra Time or Rest Breaks.
Computer or Writer.
Supervisor who is capable of signing.
Reader using sign assisted English.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical history/report.

Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) (P)

Writing difficulties associated with DCD.

Extra Time.
Computer or Writer.

Teacher comments and/or
Occupational therapist/specialist report.

Diabetes (M)

Need to check blood sugar levels frequently.
Permission required to take food/drink into the examination, and/or permission to leave examination room under supervision to take medication

Rest Breaks.
Separate Accommodation (if needed).

Teacher comments and/or
Medical history/report.

Epilepsy (M)

May suffer from epileptic seizure during assessment.
Permission required to take medication.

Separate Accommodation.
Rest Breaks.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical history/report .

Hand/wrist/arm/shoulder injury (chronic pain) (P)

Difficulty writing due to pain or discomfort in hand/arm, excessive fatigue in hand.
Permission required to take medication.

Rest Breaks.
Computer or Writer.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical report/ACC file notes.

Head/Brain injury (P)

Mental processing difficulty or slowness due to brain injury.
Permission required to take medication.

Rest Breaks.
Separate Accommodation.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical report/ACC file notes.
Psychological assessment.

Illegible handwriting (P)

Handwriting illegible to a marker

Computer or Writer.

Sample of writing.

Mental Health concerns (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.) (M)

Anxiety in formal assessment.
Permission required to take medication.
Need for stability and routine.

Rest Breaks.
Separate Accommodation.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical history/report.

Significant physical/muscular or neurological disability
(Paraplegia, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy etc.) (P)

Requires personal care and assistance.

Assistive technology used as normal practice.
Rest Breaks.
Separate Accommodation.
Extra time.
Computer and/or Writer.
Reader.

Teacher comments and/or
Medical history/report.

 

Specific Learning Disorder (L)

Inaccurate or slow and effortful reading, poor written expression that lacks clarity, difficulties remembering number facts, or inaccurate mathematical reasoning.

Extra time.
Reader.
Computer or Writer.

Teacher comments and/or
School evidence/ history/report.
Psychometric assessment/report.

Tourette’s Syndrome (M)

Twitch, verbal tic and outbursts.

Separate Accommodation.
Computer or Writer.

Teacher comments and/or
Current specialist medical history/report.

Vision impairment (S)

Blind or visual impairment.

Assistive technology used as normal practice.
Coloured overlay or  tinted lenses (no SAC submission needed).
Brailled Paper. Enlarged Paper.
Special Paper
Extra Time or Rest Breaks.
Reader.
Computer or Writer.

Teacher comments and/or
Current specialist medical history/report.
BLENNZ report.

 
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