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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all. UDL mirrors the universal design movement in architecture and product development. Think of speakerphones, curb cuts, and close-captioned televisionall 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.

recognizes that every learner is unique and processes information differently. UDL is based on CASTs (Center for Applied Special Technology) research related to three primary brain networks (recognition network, strategic network, and affective network) and the roles they play in understanding these differences. UDL provides a framework to create and implement lessons with flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that support learning for all students. UDL provides a blueprint for creating flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that accommodate learner differences. UDL addresses the need for multiple approaches to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Universal Design for Learning is an educational approach with three primary principles : 


·        Multiple means of representation, to give diverse learners options for acquiring information and knowledge,

·        Multiple means of action and expression, to provide learners options for demonstrating what they know,

·        Multiple means of engagement, to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation



UDL Guidelines

 UDL Guidelines Graphic Organizer

 UDL Guidelines Educator Checklist 

 UDL Facts 

Background Knowledge Instruction and the Implications for UDL Implementation 

UDL and Listening 

 A Parent's Guide to UDL

 Universal Design for Learning Checklist and Questions 

 Access to Education for All Students (powerpoint) 

 Using UDL Principles in the IEP 

 Advocacy Tips for UDL Implementation 

 UDL Language in Higher Education Opportunity Act Conference Report 

 UDL Fact Sheet for Policymakers 

UDL Information Bulletin  

UDL Resources from the National UDL Taskforce

 UDL Policy Activities 

 UDL Task Force Information Sheet

UDL: Meaningful Access to the Curriculum for all Students (Ricki Sabia) 
View Videos such as Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning (good overview) and Principles of Universal Design for Learning at http://bookbuilder.cast.org/learn.php or Framework for UDL.

UDL: Meaningful Access to the Curriculum for all Students 

Ricki Sabias presentation is now available to view online at ndss.org. This presentation covers the rationale, principles and benefits of UDL as well as methods for implementation and implications for advocacy on the national and local levels. This is a great opportunity to share information about UDL with an educator, policymaker, friend or colleague. 



The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.


Teaching Every Student (TES) provides an interactive learning environment that both explains and exemplifies "UDL in action." Model lessons, curriculum resources, activities, tutorials, UDL toolkits, and a digital version of the book, Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning supply teachers with a trove of effective resources.


Tool Kit on Universal Design for Learning (OSEP) 

The Tool Kit on UDL brings together current information on UDL, including the UDL framework, principles of UDL, and UDL teaching and assessment methods.  In addition to references that provide more information on UDL, this tool kit includes products by OSEP-funded centers that are free of charge to stakeholders, as well as resources that can be used to support UDL implementation. 


The Access Center - Improving Outcomes for All Students K -8


National Universal Design for Learning Taskforce


National Down Syndrome Society UDL webpage



For Educators:

·        Explore the multimedia book Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: UDL 

·        New Guidelines for UDL Provide a Roadmap for Educators

·        Professional Development & Support 

·        Professional Development Fact Sheet on UDL (CALPRO)

·        Publications of the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (NCAC)

·        UDL Learning Tools 

·        UDL and Meaningful Access to Curriculum

·        Learning Through Listening 

·        Your Three Brain Networks (activity)

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