Ten Accommodations for Student Success

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Accommodations are like ladders.  Not always necessary for some, but for those who can’t quite “reach,” are indispensable in helping level the playing field.
As teachers, we are always thinking to ourselves:  How can I help my students be successful in the least restrictive environment?  The answer? Accommodations!
Individualized accommodations are the number one way we can help students be successful in school and beyond. Below is a list of some of the most common accommodations used for students with learning disabilities like Dyslexia or other reading impairments:

  1. Use of graphic organizers for writing and organizational help
  2. Use of audio and eBooks for help reading grade-level textbooks, fiction, literature and more. Check out the resources of Learning Ally and Bookshare.
  3. Use of assistive technology including screen readers, text-to-speech software, typing programs, and apps to support students with special needs
  4. Ability to have material, including tests/quizzes/assignments, read aloud
  5. Allow for assignments to be typed
  6. For writing: grade on content, not spelling or grammar
  7. Enlarged text or print when necessary
  8. Limit text on assignments; utilize picture clues
  9. Do not require a student to read-aloud unless he/she volunteers
  10. Provide extended time on assignments, quizzes, tests and projects

For a list of some other great accommodations, check out this Special Education Accommodations Infographic by e-Learning Infographics, also, check out this list of Common Accommodations for Dyslexia Support by Learning Ally.