Sample 504 Plan for Dyslexia

Instructor: Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has experience teaching ELA, ESL, and high school CTE courses.

Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that affects a student's reading, writing, and spelling ability. A 504 plan is created to accommodate these learning differences in order to ensure student success. This lesson provides examples of accommodations that can be utilized for a student with dyslexia.

Benefits of 504 Plan

Dyslexia is a condition that usually causes difficulty for a student's reading ability. This is due to the way that it affects how the brain processes both written and spoken language. While dyslexia usually impairs a student's reading abilities, it can also cause adverse effects in spelling, writing, and sometimes speaking abilities. Dyslexia is a condition that a student will not outgrow, so it is imperative to incorporate strategies for helping students be successful throughout their education.

Dyslexia qualifies as a disability under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). An individualized 504 plan is created by a committee to address the needs of a student and to accommodate a student's learning environment and/or manner in which they learn. The 504 plan accommodations are put in place to reduce barriers from learning. The content learned by the student does not change, only the manner or environment in which the content is presented and/or assessed. The following examples provide suggestions of possible accommodations that might be effective for a student with dyslexia. These can easily be modified by content area and/or grade level.

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