Accommodating student needs

Accommodations should be made on a case by case basis, considering each employee’s individual limitations and accommodation needs.

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Including and instructing students with disabilities in the general education classroom became a topic of heightened interest following the Regular Education Initiative (Will 1986) and provides powerful implications for rethinking education for all students.

Inclusion has been a controversial topic among special and general educators (Fuchs & Fuchs 1994) and simply mentioning the word evokes strong emotions.

This is my second year teaching in an inclusion classroom and I love it.

I think all of the children in my room benefit from it.

We only use the word ‘blind’ when the person is fully blind.

Otherwise, ‘person with a visual impairment’ or ‘person with vision impairment’ is preferred. We do not use expressions like ‘suffers from depression’, but to refer instead to a ‘person living with depression’.

About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year.

The words we use influences community attitudes - both positively and negatively - and impacts on the lives of others.

For information on assistive technology and other accommodation ideas, visit JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) at


  1. This is where the term “partner,” short for life partner, comes in.

  2. The problem is that this search for the perfect person can generate a lot of stress.

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