Accommodations Overview

The United States Department of Justice has provided a publication with information about testing accommodations and rights for individuals with disabilities.  Click here to view the PDF.

If a student discloses a disability, classroom accommodations would be appropriate to implement.  If you suspect they may have a disability, use the Adult Learner Intervention to find strategies or contact PANDA for a consultation.  Ask the student how they learn best and what would be helpful for them in class.   The following are common classroom accommodations:

  • Extra time on tests and assignments.
  • Break assignments down into smaller pieces.
  • Allow testing in a private area.
  • Keep instructions limited to two at a time.
  • Allow frequent breaks to help them rejuvenate and refocus.
  • Allow preferential seating.  For example, sitting at the front of the class helps reduce distractions.
  • Relate new material to what the student already knows.
  • Review what was learned before introducing new information.
  • Ask the student to rephrase what they heard to make sure they understand.
  • Allow books on tape and oral testing.
  • Use visual aids and hands on activities.
  • Use multi-sensory instruction which accesses all parts of the brain. Click here for a handout on multi-sensory instruction.
  • PANDA can provide adaptive equipment, such as line readers, large print keyboards, adaptive mice, magnifiers, etc. (Consult with PANDA about your students needs).

See individual chapters for instructional strategies that are specific to the disability.