Accommodations refer to the way in which the student learns the material and modifications refer to what the student is expected to learn. For example, an accommodation for a struggling reader may be to provide them with books on tape. The student listens rather than struggles to read the material. This accommodation typically greatly increases the student’s ability to comprehend the material. Thankfully there are libraries and online websites that offer such a service. An appropriate modification for such a student would be shortened or more simplified reading assignments. During test taking times, accommodations such as extra time on tests, having questions read aloud, using tools such as text to speech and speech to text technology help the student bypass their reading, spelling or writing difficulties. Many of these software products now come standard on computers, tablets and smartphones. Testing modification may include lessening the amount of material to be covered on the test or providing alternative material to be studied and tested on. Many of these accommodations and modifications do not cost extra money to implement, but rather require knowledge, good will and a positive attitude. They help instill confidence, success and a sense of accomplishment while enabling the student to demonstrate and reach their true potential. A potential that no doubt will greatly benefit society at large.
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