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Providing Culturally Competent Testing and Assessment for Persons with Disabilities—Part of our disability series!

Date: February 2, 2023

Time: 03:00PM - 04:00PM

You must be registered to participate!

Join this session for an overview on cultural competence when conducting psychological assessment with people with disabilities. To conduct a truly comprehensive psychological assessment, providers must attempt to answer questions from referral sources and solve complex problems by integrating multiple sources of information. This session will explore several problems that affect the psychological assessment of people with disabilities, including the presence of bias, unreliability, and questionable validity. Many disabilities, including physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities, can affect aspects of performance on psychological and neurocognitive tests, making it critical that examiners consider the individual’s disability, how it may relate to other functions, and delineate a strategy to ensure the appropriate construct is being measured. Dr. Andrews will introduce the concept of universal design in assessment planning, including test selection, administration, and scoring, and will explore differences between accommodations and modifications. Considerations for interpretation, report writing, and specific populations, and settings will be addressed. Dr. Andrews will illustrate ways to create a fair and unbiased testing environment and will emphasize the assessment and measurement of strengths.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate two problems that have been noted to affect the psychological assessment of disabled people.
  • Describe how the presence of disability can affect performance on psychological and neurocognitive tests.
  • Name two examples of disability accommodations in psychological assessment.

Qualification Level Required: A

Instructional Level: Introductory

Target Audience: Clinical psychologists, school psychologists, mental health professionals, educational diagnosticians, neuropsychologists, psychologists

  • Sierra Iwanicki, PhD, Senior Project Director,, PAR, Inc.
  • Erin E. Andrews, PsyD, ABPP, Board certified rehabilitation psychologist and author of Disability as Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence,


*Participants wishing to receive continuing education (CE) credit must attend the entire webinar and complete the postwebinar evaluation form. Once participants have completed the evaluation, your letter of attendance will be available for immediate download from your account. PAR is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to provide continuing education for psychologists. PAR maintains responsibility for the program and its content. PAR’s NASP APS Provider Number is 1051. PAR is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PAR maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Disclosure: Dr. Andrews is the author of Disability as Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence and receives royalties from the sale of these products. PAR is a publisher of assessments, which may be discussed during the presentation.