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The Accessibility Needs of Students with Disabilities: Special Considerations for Instruction and Assessment

  • Jennifer R. FreyEmail author
  • Carrie M. Gillispie
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Abstract

In this chapter, we will discuss the distinct needs of students with learning differences and strategies to truly increase their access to effective instruction and testing. Over 6 million American students between the ages of 3 and 21 years receive special education services (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES]. Alternate assessments for students with disabilities. Retrieved from https://nceo.info/Resources/publications/TopicAreas/AlternateAssessments/altAssessFA Q.htm, 2016). Each of these students is entitled to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act [IDEA], 20 U.S.C. § 1400, 2004), which means, to the extent possible, students with disabilities should be educated in general education classrooms with peers who do not have disabilities. These students present a unique set of considerations for ensuring access to high-quality instruction and assessing their learning and growth.

Keywords

Accessibility needs Inclusion Opportunity to learn UDL 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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