Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that addresses student diversity through the reduction of barriers. It does this by looking at environmental, material and social barriers that exist for the student, rather than focus on the diagnosis of the student and what he/she is unable to do. UDL is a philosophy that enables us to bring the strengths of our students to the forefront. The use of appropriate, individualized assistive technologies provides our students with the adaptations necessary to succeed and to demonstrate their strengths, while compensating for their areas of challenge.
For an overview of the principles of UDL, as well as the role that assistive technologies play in the implementation of the framework, please see our UDL introductory powerpoint presentation. If you are interested in a session on UDL at your school, please contact us.