Accommodations and Modifications – Help your child access general curriculum:
Unit Objectives for Accommodations and Modifications.
By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
- Explain the difference between accommodations and modifications.
– List five examples of accommodations which do not affect a child’s progress in the general curriculum.
– Provide five examples of modifications.
– Explain why modifications should be avoided whenever possible.
Accommodations are one of the easiest ways to support your child in the general classroom 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. This is a primary goal of IDEA, to insure that children with disabilities are educated to the full extent of their abilities and participate with their typical peers.
Sometimes a child’s disabilities do not permit them to learn the same content, on grade-level, with their typical peers. In such cases, modifications to the general curriculum may be necessary. Maintain a keen involvement in your child’s education to insure modifications are not made where accommodations would suffice.
List your child’s areas of disability. Use the resource sites listed later in this unit to research accommodations which might benefit your child.