What Accommodations Under IEP and 504 Plans Can I Request?

If your super hero struggles in school because of a learning disability or a medical diagnosis, he/she has the option to be placed under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan.  Under these plans, the student is allowed accommodations in order to “level the playing field” in the classroom.

Everyone Is a Genius

Remember the fish that was judged by it’s ability to climb a tree?  An accommodation would be moving that tree under water for the fish.  Now the fish has the same opportunity to climb the tree, with his individual skill sets, as the  monkey did on land.

Level The Playing Field

The question is, what accommodations is my child entitled to receive?  It’s subjective, but in reality, a parent can request any accommodation that will allow the student the opportunity to  perform at the same level as his/her peers.

Below are  20 possible accommodations to select from and request at your next IEP meeting.


General Classroom

  • Provide structured list of assignments for student to check off as completed.
  • Provide list of assignments in writing daily or weekly. (select timing that is best for students
  • Adaptive writing utensils
  • Allow student to orally dictate to teacher long answers to writing assignments
  • Allow student to transition to next class 2-3 minutes earlier to avoid crowded hallways.
  • Allow use of Speech-to-Text software for long written assignments.
  • Allow books on tape in stead of reading
  • Break long assignments into smaller portions
  • Continuous checks on work in progress
  • Establish a form of communication between home and school.


  • Alert student to time transitions (10 minutes before transition, 5 minutes before transition)
  • Allow student to leave the class as needed for a break
  • Assistance in keeping space organized
  • Fidget toys used in the classroom to keep focus.
  • Non-verbal cues to communicate behavior correction (don’t embarrass student in front of classmates)


  • Allow student to complete a project as alternative to test.
  • Allow student to test in quiet, distraction-free location.
  • Allow take home or open book/notes tests
  • Divide test in to smaller sections of similar material.
  • Frequent breaks during tests

7 Replies to “What Accommodations Under IEP and 504 Plans Can I Request?”

  1. Yes, I would think so. My son has ADHD only but because his working memory is poor and he has slow processing speed, he qualifies. The school district (or possibly the county) will do an evaluation and depending on the results will determine whether your child qualifies for IEP. I would think with the ADHD and Dyslexia diagnosis, you could qualify for a 504 Plan, if you don’t qualify for an IEP. Both allow for appropriate accommodations. I hope this helps.

  2. They should qualify under Orher Health Impairment. That’s what my sons IEP is listed as. This is just a small excerpt from it. He also has almost all of these accommodations, including “push in” where the resource team come into his classroom and helps him complete work that he struggles focusing on.
    In his case Math and Reading Comprehension assignments.
    “Other health impairment” means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment that is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention …

  3. Does she have any accommodations not included in our list? I would love to add more to the list to help more parents and children navigate the education system. Wishing her much success!!

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