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.


  • Student only reads aloud in class when he or she volunteers to do so
  • Teacher pre-teaches vocabulary words that will be included in content material
  • Teacher provides lesson outlines or chapter summaries to student
  • Student highlights important parts of text
  • Teacher assigns a reading partner
  • Teacher creates opportunities for private discussion of content with teacher, aide, or buddy
  • Teacher provides extra set of textbooks to keep at home
  • Teacher allows student to record lectures
  • Teacher provides overlay or colored transparency
  • Teacher provides videos or pictures that align with reading passages
  • Teacher chunks information and instructions into small, manageable sections
  • Student uses mnemonic devices to help recall key points or information


  • Teacher reduces the length of spelling test/assignments
  • Teacher provides opportunities for oral spelling assessment
  • Teacher does not penalize for spelling errors in subjects other than spelling

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