What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

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.

The UDL framework supports learning in this way...

UDL and the General Curriculum

UDL at a Glance U

Visit the National Center on Universal Design for Learning Implementation page for resources to use in the classroom. http://www.udlcenter.org/implementation/examples

Universal Design for Learning Resources
Newly launched CAST website (1/25/18) with UDL resources http://udlguidelines.cast.org/?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=launch&utm_source=cast-news&utm_content=image-caption

Previously offered resources -
UDL Guidelines Overview http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines
UDL Guidelines Educator Checklist http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/Guidelines_2.0_Educator_Checklist%20(1)_0.pdf
UDL Guidelines Graphic Organizer http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/updateguidelines2_0.pdf

CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)
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.

CAST Professional Learning
Visit this portion of the CAST website to access UDL focused professional learning, provided by CAST.


UDL Tool Finder on the Montgomery County Schools, Maryland, website

Another way of looking at UDL - remove the barriers, right from the start. Equal treatment doesn't necessarily mean everyone is treated equitably.

http://culturalorganizing.org/ Original image Craig Froehle https://medium.com/@CRA1G/the-evolution-of-an-accidental-meme-ddc4e139e0e4

What is Special About Special Education?

Access this Technical Assistance Paper (TAP), supplied by FLDOE, to read about specially designed instruction.

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS)

NIMAS guides the production of digital versions of textbooks and related instructional materials so they can be more easily converted to accessible formats, including Braille and text-to-speech.

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), previously known as the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials provides background and information on AEM and guidance in the choice of accessible educational materials.

Watch this short video for a brief introduction to AEM.

Decision-Making Tools and Support
This site provides access to both the AEM Navigator and AEM Explorer. http://aem.cast.org/navigating/decision-tools.html#.WntEKSUbO0n
  • The AEM Navigator is an interactive tool that facilitates the process of decision-making around specialized formats of print instructional materials for an individual student. It is designed to be used by IEP and other collaborative teams.
  • The AIM Explorer is a free simulation (downloadable program) that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software.

Additional UDL videos on the CAST.org website

UDL Wiki:
UDL Toolkit - Great resource incorporating Glogster http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/