Accommodation of Applicants with Physical and Mental Disabilities

The Nova Scotia Registered Barbers Association will make reasonable efforts to accommodate
applicants with a disability.


Person with a Disability: An individual with a disability is a person with a physical or mental impairment
that limits one or more major life activities that the average person in the general population can

Reasonable Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is defined as a modification or adjustment to
the application process or the environment that enables a qualified applicant with a disability to be
considered for certification that will not:
• cause “undue hardship” to the application or examination process,
• bypass occupational requirements, or
• compromise accepted safety standards of the profession.

Qualified Applicant: Qualified applicants with a disability is defined as one who possesses the required
skills, education, experience and training for a position, and who can, with reasonable accommodation,
perform the essential functions of the position the individual desires or holds.

Request for Accommodation
• Requests for accommodations on NSRBA applications or examinations are to be made to the
Registrar in writing or e-mail. Requests for accommodations and/or information relating to the
disability or accommodation may be forwarded from the applicant’s school of study or
apprenticeship program. A request for an accommodation must include:
o the nature of the disability,
o the type of accommodation being requested, and
o Where available, a description of what accommodations the applicant has received in
the past.

Depending on the nature of the disability and the type of accommodation being requested, the Registrar
may request that the applicant provide additional evidence to support their request. Such additional
evidence may include, but is not limited to, a formal medical diagnosis or documentation from a health
practitioner explaining the need for the accommodation being requested.

Types of Accommodation

• The Registrar is not required to provide the applicant with their preferred type of
accommodation. In cases where the applicant’s specific request cannot be accommodated, the
Registrar will work with the applicant to determine a reasonable accommodation that will
enable the applicant to overcome the discriminatory effect of the application process.Council Approved on October 6, 2020
• If the requester and the Registrar cannot agree on what type of accommodation is appropriate
in any case, the Board of the Nova Scotia Registered Barbers Association will make a
determination as to what accommodation, if any, is to be provided.
• Examples of accommodations that can be made include, but are not limited to:
o assistance in completing application forms,
o methods of communication that differ from the Nova Scotia Registered Barbers
Association’s regular process,
o Alternate times/locations for in-person meetings/interviews/hearings.

• Examples of accommodations that can be made for the Nova Scotia Registered Barbers
Association’s Examination include, but are not limited to:
o additional time,
o alternative times/locations for the examination,
o Modification of test material (eg. large font, colored paper, etc).

• The Registrar may decline to provide any reasonable accommodation when doing so would
circumvent a bona fide occupational requirement or professional safety standard.
• Notes related to the accommodation request are kept separate from other file materials in
order to avoid inappropriate disclosure of personal health information