What does that mean? Here's a list
- The student should be trained to identify his or her best modality for learning, and request reasonable accommodations without prompting. Some learn best by hearing a lecture, others need a visual organizer to help with note-taking. Within inclusive high-school classes, College-Bound learners should identify their top two or three preferred modalities for learning, and practice negotiating with the instructor for when they are needed. Often, a laundry-list of modifications are attached to the IEP, and the instructors hands or tied because the student MUST be pulled out of class every time there's a quiz. This keeps the student from being able to join in with the rest of the class on the pre-quiz review. Is this a good idea? No! Make sure the IEP gives room for the student to ask for modifications if needed.
- Everyone needs to remember that the STUDENT is being graded on the assignment. Not mom, dad, grandma, or Aunt Suzie. The supportive community needs to empower the student to complete the assignment, not do it FOR her. This is harder and takes longer, but the outcome is that the student truly feels ownership of the assignment and the resulting grade.
- Students who audit College-level courses are expected to complete all the assignments, which were designed to make sure all the students received all the information in the course. It's ok to ask for a modification to the assignment, but don't expect to be excused from it. Start this practice in High School. Get the syllabus. Help the student walk through the process of negotiating with the teacher about acceptable modifications. For example, in a History Course, the teacher assigns as a major project that students put together an in-depth portfolio of information about the Civil War, including pictures, timelines, and reflections on personal correspondence between the soldiers and their families. Perhaps THE STUDENT can request a meeting with the teacher to discuss the possibility of creating a powerpoint instead of the portfolio. The student should be prepared for the instructor to insist that each aspect be covered.