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Enhancing Inclusivity in Education: Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Adaptive Materials
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Enhancing Inclusivity in Education: Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Adaptive Materials


Inclusion has revolutionized the landscape of education, replacing the outdated notion of a one-size-fits-all approach. Meeting students where they are and providing materials suitable for everyone is crucial for fostering an inclusive classroom. However, the challenge lies in how teachers can effectively achieve this goal.

In this article, we will explore the significance of Individual Education Plans (IEPs), the legal framework of FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education), and the transformative power of adaptive materials, with a particular focus on the innovative tool called Adaptive Reader.

Understanding IEPs and Their Importance

Many students today rely on IEPs, which stands for Individual Education Plans. An IEP outlines goals, needs, strengths, and accommodations for students who require specialized services to ensure a quality education. It caters to a diverse range of needs, from disabilities to unique learning requirements. Some may question the necessity of such plans, but it is crucial to understand that they are not only essential but also legally mandated. The provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) ensures that students with disabilities receive the same educational opportunities as their neurotypical peers.

Bridging Two Worlds: The Power of Adaptive Materials

Before the advent of adaptive materials and differentiated instruction, students with IEPs often found themselves excluded from general education classrooms. While they possessed the capabilities, they lacked the necessary background vocabulary, hindering their success. Adaptive materials bridge this gap by enabling students to focus more on comprehension rather than struggling with unfamiliar terms. By providing varying levels of text, adaptive materials ensure that students with diverse learning needs can access the same content as their peers.

As a high school special education teacher, I’m not going to lie, it’s hard. It was hard to find age-appropriate text that my kids could understand and actually enjoy. While their peers were diving into Shakespeare, they were reading texts meant for elementary kids. I wanted my students to feel included, to feel their age, but not at the expense of comprehension. Adaptive Reader is the end all be all of inclusivity. A tool where students all over the spectrum of sped can read the same book as their typical peers. The different levels of text meet students where they are at, but still tell the same story.

It may seem small, but for a kid on an IEP this is a huge confidence boost. In the end, that’s all kids want. To feel included and just like their friends in class!

- Morgan B.


The impact of inclusive education should not be underestimated. For students with IEPs, Adaptive Reader represents a significant confidence boost, enabling them to feel included and on par with their classmates.

Ultimately, all children desire a sense of belonging and the opportunity to learn alongside their friends in class. By embracing adaptive materials and leveraging innovative tools like Adaptive Reader, we can create an educational environment that empowers and supports every student, regardless of their learning needs.



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