What accommodations are commonly used for students with disabilities?
Page 6: Setting
Setting accommodations allow for a change in the environment or in how the environment is structured. Instructional or testing environments should be well lit with a comfortable temperature, good ventilation, and minimal extraneous noise or other interruptions. The table below includes some examples of possible setting accommodations.
Guiding Questions for Teachers
When teachers consider whether students might require setting accommodations to access the general education curriculum or for taking tests, they should ask themselves some guiding questions. For example, does the student:
- Have difficulty regulating his or her behavior?
- Have a hard time navigating the environment?
- Have trouble focusing his or her attention in large group settings?
- Perform better when reading and thinking aloud?
- Need access to the part of the classroom with the best lighting?
- Need access to a computer?
- Use assistive technology or other equipment (e.g., a digital print magnifier) requiring a table with a larger surface than the standard classroom desk?
- Require access to adaptive furniture (e.g., a standing work station)?
- Use a wheelchair or walker, which requires that classroom aisles be kept clear?
Setting Accommodations in Action
Ms. Harbison is a kindergarten teacher. One of her students, Emma, has difficulty paying attention and staying focused in the classroom. She is easily distracted by other students and the activities around her. Ms. Harbison describes Emma as always on the go and needing to move constantly.
Listen as Ms. Harbison discusses some setting accommodations she has provided in her classroom to help Emma be more successful in participating in learning activities and in completing her work in a timely manner (time: 3:12).