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Universal Instructional Design

UDL provides a blueprint for creating flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that accommodate learner differences.

"Universal" does not imply a single optimal solution for everyone. Instead, it is meant to underscore the need for multiple approaches to meet the needs of diverse learners.

UDL mirrors the universal design movement in architecture and product development. Think of speakerphones, curb cuts, and close-captioned television all universally designed to accommodate a wide variety of users, including those with disabilities.

Embedded features that help those with disabilities eventually benefit everyone. UDL uses technology's power and flexibility to make education more inclusive and effective for all.

A universally-designed curriculum offers the following:

Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge
Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, and
Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn

Learn more about Universal Instructional Design at the following websites.

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning - http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/

Center for Applied Special Technology
- Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST http://www.cast.org/research/udl/index.html (Opens new window) is a not-for-profit, education research and development organization that works to create opportunities for all students, especially those with disabilities, by using technology to make education more flexible and accessible.

The impact of CAST's work is evident at every level of education, including in classroom teaching and learning; federal, state, and local policymaking; scholarly research; and commercial products used in classrooms nationwide.

ACCESS Project (ACCESS to Postsecondary Education through Universal Design for Learning) at Colorado State University.
http://accessproject.colostate.edu/(Opens new window)