Intellectual Disability Accommodations in the Classroom

Instructor: Derek Hughes
In your teaching career, you will have many different kinds of students in your classroom. You will need to make accommodations for those learners who have an intellectual disability. This lesson will provide some examples of these accommodations.

Intellectual Disability Accommodations

For students diagnosed with an intellectual disability, learning in the classroom can be quite a challenge. It is your job, as the teacher, to accommodate that student's needs so they can better access and learn the content. An accommodation is an adjustment to how information is presented to a student so they can better engage in learning. This is different from a modification, which would be an adjustment in the actual information itself (less material would be taught, for example). This lesson will provide several examples of how you can accommodate a student who has an intellectual disability.

There are several broad categories of accommodations that will be used in this lesson to outline the examples. These are accommodations in instruction, response, and timing and setting. But first, a short explanation of what an intellectual disability is will help you understand why these accommodations are necessary.

What Is an Intellectual Disability

People who are diagnosed with an intellectual disability often experience difficulties with intellectual capabilities and behavior. These may include:

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