Accommodations and Modifications

Students with disabilities can be eligible for accommodations and modifications through their 504 Plans or IEP.


An accommodation can be described as a change of the environment, curriculum format, or equipment that allows an individual with a disability to gain access to content and/or complete assigned tasks. Accommodations do not alter what is being taught.


Examples of accommodations:


  • Read aloud text and assignments
  • Teacher modeling/guided practice
  • Explicit vocabulary instruction
  • Chunking assignments
  • Using graphic organizers to structure student responses
  • Visuals to support comprehension
  • Translation to home language
  • Frequent checks for understanding
  • Allowing students to share handwritten responses
  • Provide clear and concise directions
  • Provide processing time


A modification can be described as a change in the curriculum and changes a student is taught or expected to learn.


Examples of assignment modifications:

  • Complete different homework problems
  • Alternate assignment
  • Answer different test questions (what the student is tested on may be different)


Examples of curriculum modifications:

  • Using a different grading standard
  • Learning different material