General 504 Accommodations

Environmental Strategies

  • Provide a structured learning environment
  • Make separate “space” for different types of tasks
  • Possible adapting of nonacademic times such as lunch, recess, and physical education
  • Change student seating
  • Alter location or personal or classroom supplies for easier access or to minimize distraction

Organizational Strategies

  • Model and reinforce organizational systems (i.e. colorcoding)
  • Write out homework assignments, check student’s recording of assignments
  • Tailor homework assignments toward student strengths
  • Set time expectations for assignments
  • Provide clues such as clock faces indicating beginning and ending times

Behavioral Strategies

  • Use behavioral management techniques consistently within a classroom and across classes
  • Implement behavioral/academic contracts
  • Utilize positive verbal and/or nonverbal reinforcements
  • Utilize logical consequences
  • Confer with the student’s parents (and student as appropriate)
  • Establish a home/school communication system for behavior monitoring
  • Post rules and consequences for classroom behavior
  • Put student on daily/weekly progress report/contract
  • Reinforce selfmonitoring and selfrecording of behaviors

Presentation Strategies

  • Tape lessons so the student can listen to them again; allow students to tape lessons
  • Use computeraided instruction and other audiovisual equipment
  • Select alternative textbooks, workbooks, or provide books on tape
  • Highlight main ideas and supporting details in the book
  • Provide copied material for extra practice (i.e. outlines, study guides)
  • Prioritize drill and practice activities for saliency
  • 1to1 instruction with other available adults
  • Ask student to repeat/paraphrase context to check understanding
  • Arrange for a mentor to work with student in his or her interest area or area of greatest strength
  • Provide peer tutoring
  • Simplify and repeat instructions about inclass and homework assignments
  • Vary instructional pace
  • Reinforce the use of compensatory strategies, i.e. pencil grip, mnemonic devices, “spell check”
  • Vary kind of instructional materials used
  • Assess whether student has the necessary prerequisite skills. Determine whether materials are appropriate to the student’s current functioning levels
  • Reinforce study skill strategies (survey, read, recite, review)
  • Introduce definition of new terms/vocabulary and review to check for understanding
  • Be aware of student’s preferred learning style and provide matching instruction materials
  • Vary the method of lesson presentation using multi sensory techniques

Evaluation Methods

  • Limit amount of material presented on a single page
  • Provide a sample or practice test
  • Provide for oral testing
  • Provide tests in segments so that student hands in one segment before receiving the next part
  • Provide personal copy of test tools and allow for colorcoding/highlighting