Accommodations & Modifications


Making the Unfamiliar Familiar: Children with Disabilities in Child Care Settings

By Christie Timms
Maryland Learning Links

When child care providers have difficulties with children who have disabilities, it’s often a case of the provider simply never having worked with a child with a disability. Typically developing children are, of course, individuals – each their own flavor – but their profiles tend to fit into a range with which most providers are familiar. In the case of children with disabilities, a provider may be entirely unfamiliar with how to work with the child. There is usually a solution to this problem: Make the unfamiliar familiar.


Tutoring as a Direct Service of IDEA

by Pete Wright

Where should we put tutoring for a student on the IEP page? Is tutoring considered a reasonable accommodation or modification?


Should Poor Organizational Skills be Accommodated in an IEP?

by Pam Wright

What can be included in the IEP accommodations? Can we stipulate in my daughter’s IEP that she will not be required to keep an assignment notebook, but will have the assignments posted on the web or emailed each day? Would the school legally be required to adhere to it? 

Testing Accommodations

The Case for Testing Accommodations

By Jules Csillag

For many children with learning disabilities and differences or attentional difficulties like ADHD, such tools cannot provide an accurate assessment of students’ true learning when children with disabilities are subject to the same testing conditions as their typically developing peers. These kids may need one or more types of testing accommodations so they may demonstrate their achievement.

secac 2014 forum

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations

Presented by the HCPSS Dept. of Special Education and Student Services and MSDE Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Dec. 8, 2014

The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments are coming.


School Accommodations and Modifications

Some students with disabilities need accommodations or modifications to their educational program in order to participate in the general curriculum and to be successful in school. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations do not define accommodations or modifications, there is some agreement as to what they mean.


Section 504: Accommodations and After-School Programs

Question: My 8-year-old son has been kicked out of an after-school program run by a non-profit agency in his elementary school building. He has ADD and some behavioral problems and is on an IEP during his school day.


Understanding the Important Difference between “Accommodations” & “Modifications”

Meeting after meeting, parents and teachers use the words “accommodation” and “modification” almost interchangeably when discussing IEPs and student needs. Yet the terms are vastly different. If understood and used correctly, these words can greatly impact the success of a child’s educational program.


Maryland Accommodations Manual

The Maryland Accommodations Manual is the guide to select, administer and evaluate the use of Accommodations for the Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities. It is available in PDF on the Maryland State Department of Education website. Click here.