If you are taking a bar exam in the near future and you have a disability, it is in your best interest to request the accommodations that you are legally entitled to.
Whether you suffer from ADHD or have a physical condition that impedes your ability to successfully take a bar exam, you should consider requesting testing accommodations.
Testing accommodations can range from extra time to a private room or the use special exam software.
The procedure for requesting and procuring testing accommodations is fairly similar amongst jurisdictions. Generally, you will have to fill out a form asking for accommodations. Additionally, the bar examiners will require proof of your disability.
In most cases, offering proof of a disability is straightforward. If you have paralysis in one of your hands, presumably you will have sufficient medical records to provide to the bar.
In some instances, you will have to spend considerable time and money to show proof of your disability. If you suffer from a learning disability and have been treated for it during your lifetime, you may want to consider petitioning for testing accommodations, especially if you are repeating a bar exam. Evidence of testing accommodations in undergraduate and law school is persuasive as well as evidence of the disability's presence during your adolescence. Furthermore, a successful petition for testing accommodations based on a learning disability should include a recent psychoeducational evaluation including but not limited to: a DSM-5 guided diagnostic exam, the Woodcock–Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities, and Wechsler Intelligence Scales. The key is finding a reputable professional who has specific experience conducting and reporting the results of psychoeducational examinations for bar exams.
Over the years, I've encountered numerous repeaters who were unsuccessful for reasons entirely unrelated to intelligence or preparation. For example, I tutored a cancer survivor who suffered from neuropathy in his hands and the effects of "chemo brain." For someone like this, petitioning for testing accommodations may take him over the hump.
If you struggle with a disability, please consider spending the time and money to get testing accommodations. The decision to do so might make more financial sense than spending thousands of dollars every six months repeating a bar exam.