Accommodations

Example Accommodations for Individualized Educational Plans or 504 Plans

Every student is unique and it is important to tailor a student’s plan to his or her strengths and needs. This page offers some examples of the types of accommodations that you may want to consider for an IEP or 504 plan for a student with a Specific Learning Disability of Written Expression (dysgraphia).

Elementary School:

  • Extra time for test taking and/or assignments

  • Scribe for certain tests or assignments

  • Allow oral presentation of work when appropriate (this could include video responses to questions instead of written responses)

  • Use of specialized spacing paper for handwritten work

  • Use of fidget toys/hand strengthening toys

  • Early utilization of computer/keyboarding

  • Assistive Technology – word prediction software (such as Co-Writer), talk-to-text programs

  • No penalties for spelling or grammar mistakes on certain assignments, when appropriate

  • Allow marking responses on the test booklet for any standardized tests with “fill in the bubble” formats

  • Use of graphic organizers to organize compositions, in older grades

  • No copying from the board (notes or assignment information provided or student allowed to take a photo)

 

Middle School/Junior High:

  • Extra time for test taking or written assignments

  • Allow marking responses on the test booklet for any standardized tests with “fill in the bubble” formats

  • No copying from the board (notes or assignment information provided or student allowed to take a photo)

  • Class material notes provided by teacher

  • Note-taker or audio recorder in class

  • Allow oral presentation of work when appropriate (this could include video responses to questions instead of written responses)

  • Assistive Technology – Word Prediction Software (such as Co-Writer), Talk-to-Text, utilization of programs such as spelling and grammar check or Grammarly

  • Use of graphic organizers to organize compositions

 

High School/College:

  • Extra time for test taking

  • Audio recordings of lectures

  • Note-taker/scribe

  • Allow oral presentation of work when appropriate (this could include video responses to questions instead of written responses)

  • Assistive Technology such as talk-to-text, spell/grammar check, and Grammarly