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The WIA Exam Service is fully accessible

Date : 19 / 12 / 2014
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The Wireless Institute of Australia through its WIA Exam Service and network of Nominated Assessors has long made available Amateur Radio licence assessments to people who have a disability. In all cases proof of a disability that affects an assessment comes in the form of a medical certificate. This certificate, provided to the WIA Office, does not have to specify the exact nature of the problem, but must come for
a qualified medical practitioner.

While the same level of knowledge is needed to be demonstrated and is assessed identically under the relevant syllabus, the way in which this occurs may be modified to suit the candidate. For the visually impaired this can include the use of Braille text and talking or audio measurement devices to supplement the assessment. For others, the assessment is made to reflect the nature of the disability, including provision for it to be held in a candidate's home. An oral examination held under special conditions may be provided for a person who has a learning difficulty.

The WIA Exam Service also provides assessments in remote locations to ensure that anyone who wants to access Amateur Radio has the opportunity to do so. As with all assessments, safe practices are part of the knowledge of all prospective radio amateurs.

Any inquiry about these special or remote assessments can be made to the WIA Exam Service or a WIA Nominated Assessor.


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