Accommodations are adjustments in the presentation of information or tasks that enable children with disabilities to complete the same work as their peers. It is important to note that accommodations do not alter the content of assignments or give students unfair advantages in terms of grading. Accommodations vary greatly among students depending on what the IEP team deems necessary in accordance with a student's individual disability and needs. Below you will find useful guidelines for attaining appropriate accommodations, recent research findings, and a list of additional resources to explore for in-depth information.
Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Provides an overview of appropriate accommodations for students with IEPs or 504 Plans, serves as a guide to choosing accommodations and suggests questions to ask when making appropriate accommodation decisions.
Accommodations for Students with LD
Outlines the main types of accommodations and answers general questions regarding implementation.
Accommodations: More than Just Extended
Time (November 2007 LD Talk)
Experts Drs. Sheryl Lazarus and James Shriner helped interpret what the current research is telling us about accommodations and their impact on IEP team decision-making. In addition, they offered practical information and guidance to assist school-based IEP teams improve their current practices.
Accommodations, Techniques & Aids for
Lists some suggested ways to help students with specific learning disabilities learn more effectively at home or at school. Adapted with permission from "Accommodations, Techniques and Aids for Learning" by the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
Making Wise Decisions about Educational
NCLD Director of Professional Services, Dr. Sheldon Horowitz, explores ways to ensure adequate and appropriate accommodations for students with learning disabilities based on data rather than guesswork in his November 2004 Research Roundup column. Visit the Research Roundup archive.
Additional Resources on the Web
"Accommodations: More than
Just Extended Time!"
Our experts, Drs. Sheryl Lazarus and James Shriner answered questions, helped interpret what the current research is telling us about accommodations and their impact on IEP team decision-making. In addition, our experts offered practical information and guidance to assist school-based IEP teams improve their current practices. View the transcript from this LD Talk.
Resources for Parents:
Family Education Network
Resources for Educators:
Five Homework Strategies for Teaching
Students with Disabilities
Council for Exceptional Children
Academic Accommodations for Students
with Learning Disabilities
DO-IT Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
Resources for Individuals with LD:
Brochure Series on Reasonable
Accommodation According to ADA
The Job Accommodation Network and Cornell University
These materials provide ideas on reasonable job accommodations for individuals with disabilities per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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