They're not easy to get and also, much like the application for medical school itself, not easy to figure out HOW to apply for accommodations.
But I have.
Parts of the MAO that are critical:
1) your past history of being accommodated in school (elementary through college) AND at work
I submitted all of my accommodations letters for all semesters of my premed pre-reqs AND my formal request for accommodations (a private office ;) ) at work
2) documentation from a psychologist or other licensed healthcare practitioner who is qualified to assess whatever disability you might have which might allow you to have accommodations from AAMC
My diagnosis for ADHD was done over a span of 8 hours of testing while NOT on Concerta. IT was ugly, and my brain hurt. But I did get a 40 page diagnosis that substantiates my ADHD and need for private room for testing (and extended time).
Mine arrived today... forgot how utterly FUGLY they were ... F, D, W, C-, A (Topics in Sex no less), A (band) and more W's, D's, C's sprinkled a few B's and finally I graduated... in 1989.
But what shows how my disability affects me is this:
premed prereqs are?
Same university, different courses, on Concerta, in a private room with extended time and wallah... 3.97.
Some people say it's unfair. Some people say it gives me an advantage they don't have.
Accommodations level the playing field so that I can show what and how well I know what I know (and what I don't!!). Accommodations simply give me a fair chance.
AND, AAMC is NOT - emphasize that point NOT - known for granting accommodations; so I also prepare as if I won't get them...
4) cover letter which is different than a personal statement used for the actual medical school application...
In keeping with the limitation on the personal statement, I kept my cover letter to the same length. Given I'm 50, I have 45 years of history of academic trouble, behavior patterns of being disruptive to show and then, post diagnosis and on medication, solid grade, no behavior trouble, and yeah. Life is good.
I submit the whole accommodations application on Monday, April 6, 2015.
And hope I hear by May. I'll let you know.