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[OP]
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Apr 10, 2009
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CRA interview question....

My son is going for an 1st interview and test tomorrow with the CRA.

He was diagnosed with a disability when he was young. But he worked harder than most and overcame his challenges and graduated
from University with an A average. He is has high functioning autism. He taught himself various musical instruments and has written and recorded songs.

He still has communication problems face to face at times though.

Should he bring up his disability and tell how hard he has worked to overcome obstacles put in his way?
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Apr 19, 2017
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License To Chill wrote: My son is going for an 1st interview and test tomorrow with the CRA.

He was diagnosed with a disability when he was young. But he worked harder than most and overcame his challenges and graduated
from University with an A average. He is has high functioning autism. He taught himself various musical instruments and has written and recorded songs.

He still has communication problems face to face at times though.

Should he bring up his disability and tell how hard he has worked to overcome obstacles put in his way?
Of course, he should
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License To Chill wrote: My son is going for an 1st interview and test tomorrow with the CRA.

He was diagnosed with a disability when he was young. But he worked harder than most and overcame his challenges and graduated
from University with an A average. He is has high functioning autism. He taught himself various musical instruments and has written and recorded songs.

He still has communication problems face to face at times though.

Should he bring up his disability and tell how hard he has worked to overcome obstacles put in his way?
The CRA is required to accommodate anyone's disability so should bring it up if it will affect his performance on the test. E.g. if he needs more time to process what was asked. etc. The CRA "interview" is an exam, it is not so much like the private sector which is about going in and selling yourself and experience. This would have been screened already when submitting the application and setting out how he met the qualifications. Must pass the "exam requirements" to qualify like anyone else..
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Aug 20, 2013
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Great job on raising a strong and resilient son!

The invitation to each stage of the assessment should have some kind of reference to accommodations. If a candidate has any special needs that requires accommodation, the assessor will work with the candidate and an accommodation consultant to remove barriers and allow a fair assessment. Accommodations can include things like a quieter room, increased response time, customized lighting requirements, larger font (for written material) etc. Not sure what kind of accommodations they would provide in your son's case, but perhaps if face to face is tough, they would allow him to answer the questions on paper instead of interview form.
[OP]
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Apr 10, 2009
151 posts
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Vancouver Island
They only had 1 question in the interview followed by a 2.5 hour test.

He had a call a few days ago and had a phone interview.

Had a call this morning offering him a 8 month position in Victoria.

So far so good.
[OP]
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Apr 10, 2009
151 posts
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Vancouver Island
I just noticed some idiot gave a thumbs down to a post involving a child with a disability. Well done. Karma will see you soon.

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