Needs-based Special Accommodations

The Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation is committed to providing inclusive, accessible programs and events that offer all students opportunities to participate. Reasonable accommodations are made as needed to adapt a program or event’s rules, policies, services, or environments to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate.

Accommodation requests fall into three categories: Industry Certification testing accommodations, ASL interpreter accommodations, and game/event accommodations. Each category has a different timeline for processing, and requests must be submitted a number of weeks before the test or event, as follows.

  • Industry Certification testing: minimum of 2 weeks before the test
  • ASL interpreter: minimum of 12 weeks before the event
  • Game/event: minimum of 4 weeks before the event

Requesting an Accommodation

Coaches, parents, teachers, or other adults associated with a registered REC Foundation team may request an accommodation for a student team member by completing the RECF Section 504 Accommodation Request Form. Note that this form is only to be utilized in cases where specific accommodations are needed. If you instead wish to inform an event host of circumstances involving a team or team member, you should contact the event host using the information provided in that event’s listing on RobotEvents.com.

This Accommodation Request Form is intended to help teams and families communicate their students’ unique needs to the REC Foundation to ensure that accommodations are made to serve the student in the best way possible. The information collected on this form will be reviewed to determine the appropriate accommodation(s).

The REC Foundation will review all accommodation requests, and reserves the right to deny requests that would fundamentally alter the character of a competition. The REC Foundation Accommodations Team will reach out to the requester within seven (7) days of submission.

Accommodations may be available based on a wide range of physical, mental, visible, and invisible impairments including, but not limited to:

  • ADHD
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Chronic medical condition
  • Deaf and/or hard of hearing (DHH)
  • Learning disability
  • Mental health
  • Mobility
  • Neurological
  • Orthopedic
  • Visual

Specific accommodations vary, and will be based on the information submitted in the request.

Questions? Please contact your REC Foundation Regional Support Manager (RSM). Reference our Support Map to find your RSM.