iep-word-cloudNavigating the process of getting your child an Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be a confusing process for families. Illinois does provide a guide for families, and Illinois PTA has covered the 10 common mistakes parents make during the IEP process. The special education parent blog, A Day in Our Shoes, has a wonderful resource available for families—a printable list of over 500 Specially Designed Instruction (SDIs), strategies, and accommodations for an IEP or 504 plan.

Families new to the IEP process may have no idea of what accommodations may be made for their child. This list helps those families know what is potentially available for their child and can be used as discussion topics during the IEP meeting. Even experienced IEP families may find new ideas in the list that will better serve their child.

The list is broken down into types of accommodations, including ones that address:

  • Schedule/environmental issues
  • Transitions
  • Tools and equipment
  • Language-related issues
  • People- and peer-based issues
  • Sensory issues
  • Behavior issues
  • Testing and assignments
  • Miscellaneous issues

In addition to their own printable list, A Day in Our Shoes added links to other accommodation-related resources from:

If your family is headed into an IEP or 504 meeting, be sure to review and take the printable list with you to your meeting.