Accommodating students with disabilities in lessons designed to meet Common Core Curriculum Standards can be challenging. Making classroom materials and activities accessible to all may require assistive technologies that many teachers aren't trained on or use infrequently.
A resource that can offer guidance in on the effective use of adaptive equipment is the AbleNet Action Dictionary -- a free e-book you can download from iTunes.
The Action Dictionary provides hundreds of methods and alternative solutions to support students who need adaptations for engaging in class activities, communicating, and moving around the classroom.
Though designed for students with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities, the Action Dictionary's solutions and recommended adaptations may benefit other students. The resource provides an approach to universal design for all.
Using the AbleNet Action Dictionary
Action words such as "speak," "look," and "choose" are important for engaging students and for determining how well they understand instructions teachers present.
The AbleNet Action Dictionary quantifies these types of words and the corresponding tools and techniques for different approaches to motivating a student to take a particular action.
Each entry includes three or four assistive technologies that can be employed to maximize learning and participation in those situations.
The dictionary should be viewed as a starting point. It presents a wide variety of materials and solutions in an effort to cover as many types of students and adaptations as possible.