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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.

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.

Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies. Its staff includes specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, K-12 professional development, and more.

Published by CAST in 2009


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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Special Education
Professional Development
Technology
Themes/Keywords: Accessible
Assistive Technologies
Research
Universal Design


Vocabulary
Accessible, assistive, interface, curriculum, disabled learners, comprhension, fluency, relevance, representation, expression, engagement


Essential Question(s)
1. What is universal design for learning?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What are expert learners?
2. What is meant by the term curriculum?
3. What does it mean to say curricula are "disabled"?
4. How does UDL address and redress curricular disabilities?
5. What evidence supports the practices of Universal Design for Learning?
6. How are the Guidelines organized and how should they be used?



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pictureSusan McDonnell
4th Grade Teacher
Jefferson Elementary, Oakland USD - Oakland, CA






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