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IEP Accommodations and Modifications: Help your child access general curriculum:

One of the required sections of your child’s IEP is the accommodations and modifications section. IEP accommodations provide your child equal access to the curriculum.

For example, if your child can’t yet read, having audiobook versions of all textbooks is a great IEP accommodation.

Other accommodations may include help with note-taking, extended-time for testing, the ability to provide answers orally, etc. The IEP accommodations your child has will depend on your child’s disability and educational needs.

This section of the tutorial will help you understand the IEP accommodations and modifications section of your child’s IEP. The Objectives for this unit of this FREE IEP Training tutorial include the following:

By the end of this “IEP Accommodations and Modifications” unit, you will be able to:

– Explain the difference between IEP accommodations and modifications.

– List five examples of IEP accommodations that don’t affect your child’s progress in the general curriculum.

– Provide five examples of IEP modifications.

– Explain why modifications should be avoided whenever possible.

IEP accommodations are one of the easiest ways to support your child in the general classroom. Accommodations give your child full participation without affecting the quality of his education.

Additionally, accommodations are a key for insuring that your child is included in the general education classroom as much as possible.

IDEA wants to insure that children with disabilities are educated in the general classroom with their typical peers as much as possible.

Sometimes a child’s disabilities do not permit him to learn the same content, on grade-level, with typical peers. In those cases, modifications to the general curriculum may be necessary.

You’ll need to stay involved in your child’s education to insure modifications are not used when IEP accommodations would work.

To begin with, list your child’s areas of disability. Use the resource sites listed later in this unit to research IEP accommodations that might help your child learn better.

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