IEPs and accommodations: Do they happen?

Check your child’s IEP to see the wording on how or if “accommodations” are being provided. 

If the words “as needed” is listed, then the accommodation may not be happening at the school.  “As needed” is often interpreted by a school staffer to mean they get to decide whether or not to implement it.  Classes full of students and overwhelming workloads may result in the inability of the staff to take the effort necessary to accommodate. 

“As needed” listed on an accommodation is a red flag; an IEP team can be creative and come up with other approaches to make the accommodation take place.