For students with IEPs
Definition: The IEP includes identification and provision of support services that foster students’ skill development and achievement of post-school goals (e.g., environmental adaptations, accommodations, related services such as assistive technology and occupational therapy).
- Environmental adaptations and accommodations
- Natural supports
- Provision of support services (e.g., OT, PT, AT, speech therapy, transportation)
Environmental adaptations and accommodations
The federally supported Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Includes resources for employers, teachers, individuals with disabilities, and agency personnel. The site offers multiple ways to get to the information you want by type of disability or by topic.
Getting Accommodations at College: Tools for School when you have a mental health disability. Attractive, user-friendly tipsheet from Transitions RTC in Massachusetts (PDF, 2 pages, 2011).
Natural supports resources for school and workplace: www.waisman.wisc.edu/naturalsupports/resources.php , from the Waisman Center, U. of Wis. Madison. The Natural Supports Resource Guide (PDF, 2 p., 2011) offers examples of resources and practical strategies for developing natural supports, including links to videos and planning templates.
Blog entry on building natural peer supports in the classroom, from the Inclusive Schools Network: blog.inclusiveschools.org/leadership-connection/building-natural-peer-supports/