Universal design is an idea that should be at the forefront of anyone’s mind that develops instruction. According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning,
“Universal Design is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.”
Universal Design isn’t just about making something accessible – it’s about helping people learn. Take a look at these three principles of UDL:
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CAST (2011). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0. Wakefield, MA: Author.
These principles should guide the creation of our instruction from its inception, not be included as an afterthought. Presenting materials in multiple modalities can help improve learning for ALL students.