Accommodation, Reasonable

Reasonable accommodation refers to fair and equitable modification and adjustments made by individuals, states, or systems in response to cultural differences and special needs of a person or group. It recognizes and legitimates similarities as well as differences. In contrast, the idea of assimilation strives for unity at the expense of diversity, while the notion of separation emphasizes difference over cohesion. This entry provides an overview of the history of the term accommodation, focusing on its use in the field of education.


The Latin word accommodatio (fr. accommodare) has been used in many different disciplines. In Christian theology, accommodation is a principle involving the relationship between Holy Scripture and natural science. In the field of communications, it can be found in accommodation theory, according to which ...

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