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Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? 3-Minute Video.  

Closed Captioned. Transcript available through YouTube.

 

The UDL Guidelines CAST

Olympic College's Accessibility Commitment

Universal Design for Learning Diagram

"Universal Design For Learning" by giulia.forsythe is marked with CC0 1.0

Olympic College is committed to equal access to its educational and administrative services, programs, and activities. 

Why is UDL important?

"Precollege and college students come from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds. For some, English is not their first language. Also represented in most classes are students with a diversity of ages and learning styles, including visual and auditory. In addition, increasing numbers of students with disabilities are included in regular precollege and postsecondary courses. Their disabilities include blindness, low vision, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, learning disabilities, and health impairments.

"Students are in school to learn and instructors share this goal. How can educators design instruction to maximize the learning of all students? The field of universal design (UD) can provide a starting point for developing a framework for instruction. You can apply this body of knowledge to create courses that ensure lectures, discussions, visual aids, videos, printed materials, labs, and fieldwork are accessible to all students."

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph. D. of the University of Washington.

Source: Universal Design of Instruction (UDI): Definition, Principles, Guidelines, and Examples