Accommodations

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.

Introduction and Background Information
Research
Additional Resources on the Web 

Introduction and Background 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 Learning
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.

Accommodations & Modifications for High School Students

Living with LD: On the Job Accommodations for Adults

Accommodation Checklist: (Adopted from Accommodation: A Guide for Educators)

Accomodation Modifications Form
 

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Research

Making Wise Decisions about Educational Accommodations
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.

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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:

Accommodations, Modifications, and Alternate Assessments: How They Affect Instruction and Assessment
SchwabLearning.org

Note-taking Accommodations
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

Differentiated Instruction
Reading Rockets

Graphic Organizers
EdHelper.com

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).

Transition to Work: Helping Teens Prepare for Typical Employer Questions SchwabLearning.org