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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Resource Center

Universal Design for Learning is a proactive approach to making education available to as wide an audience as possible.  While there are specific requirements for addressing the education and access for persons with disabilities, UDL goes several steps further.

Instead of making accommodations when a need arises for a particular student or member of the community, UDL is proactive. Facilities, technology, teaching techniques and more are designed to meet the needs of as many different people as possible.

Examples of accommodations are:

  • Adding captions to existing video content when a deaf student signs up for a course
  • Bringing in an adjustable table into a classroom for a specific student using a wheelchair

Examples of Universal Design include:

  • Designing course content that leverages a combination of media (video, audio, text, etc)
  • Furnishing all classrooms with more flexible desks, chairs and tables

This website includes information about UDL, the use of technology to make UDL easier to implement, guidelines for UDL and online materials, and resources on UDL.