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Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology. By Katie Carter. What do ALL teachers strive to do in their daily profession? . Think, pair, share!. Ideas From Educators. Engagement for all learners Challenges provided High expectations Students gain knowledge

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ideas from educators
Ideas From Educators
  • Engagement for all learners
  • Challenges provided
  • High expectations
  • Students gain knowledge
  • Enthusiasm for learning

How can we reach these goals on a daily basis with the challenges and rangeofabilitiesintoday’s classroom?

universal design for learning udl
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • According to The Center for Applied and Special Technologies, “Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework and set of principles to provide ALL students equal opportunities to learn. UDL principles make curriculum goals, instructional materials, teaching methods and assessments accessible and engaging for all learners. Barriers are reduced; supports and challenges are provided; high expectations are maintained; students gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning; and their learning is validly assessed.”
sound familiar
Sound Familiar?

UDL is smart teaching that benefits ALL teachers and students!

Children come to our classrooms with a wide array of skills, needs and interests. Three primary brain networks come into play:
the 3 principles of udl these principles directly link to the brain networks of learning
The 3 Principles of UDLThese principles directly link to the brain networks of learning
  • Teachers need to provide students with multiple means of:
    • Representing Information
        • “What” is being learned?
    • Action Expression
        • “How” are student showing what they learn?
    • Engagement
        • “Why” are they learning the information?
current examples of udl in my classroom
Current examples of UDL in my classroom.
  • Background Building Activities
  • Organization of materials and tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks
  • Simplified vocabulary
  • Graphic organizers for vocabulary acquisition
  • Changes in size, color, and type of fonts
  • Elimination of extraneous information from page
  • Use of internet resources for hands-on, engaging activities
more ideas for implementing udl in the classroom
More Ideas for Implementing UDL In The Classroom

National Center on Universal Design for Learning

planning for udl
Planning for UDL
  • One way to plan for UDL is utilizing the SETT Framework
    • Thinking about the Student, Environment, Task and Tools will allow educators to meet the needs of all their students.
  • Once the learner is understood, Assistive Technology (AT), may be required to appropriately plan for children in your classroom.
assistive technology

Assistive Technology

Devices and services used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

IDEA 2004:Section 601 (1)

*AT does not included medically implanted devices.

at device examples
AT Device Examples

Low Tech

High Tech

Computer Communication Board

Speech Generating Device

Braille Embosser

Watch Minder

Screen Readers and Word Predicting Software-such as Kurzweil

  • Picture symbols
  • Communication Boards
  • Screen Reader
  • Highlighting Tape
  • Wiki Sticks
  • Timer
at services
AT Services

In order for children to use AT devices appropriately, services need to be provided.

These services include:

  • The selection, acquisition, and use of an AT device for users, support staff & families
  • Customizing and maintaining of equipment
  • Coordinating the implementation and plan for how AT is used in the classroom
how does udl and at impact the classroom
How Does UDL and AT Impact The Classroom?
  • It encourages teachers to see their students not as part of two categories—disabled or not—but as representing a range of different educational needs, each of which should be accounted for in a model classroom.
  • UDL requires teachers to continuously identify and eliminate curricular barriers in order to provide access to all learners.
  • It forces teacher to appropriately plan for the diverse needs of the classroom.
  • As a participant in this information session, you have the power to influence other educators about UDL.
udl and the law
UDL and the Law


  • UDL supports IDEA 2004:Section 601


  • As of 2010, a bill related to UDL implementation is enrolled entitled “Task Force to Explore the Incorporation of the Principles of Universal Design for Learning into the Education Systems in Maryland”.
    • Click the link BELOW to learn more about this law.


  • Center for Applied Special Technology
    • http://www.cast.org/udl/
  • Universal Design for Learning in Maryland
    • http://udl4maryland.webs.com/
  • National Center for Universal Design for Learning
    • http://www.udlcenter.org/