Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

  • About the Graphic OrganizerThe UDL Guidelines are a tool that can be used to design learning experiences that meet the needs of all learners. These Guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions for applying the UDL framework to practice and help ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.
  • CAST is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.
  • CAST UDL Book Builders Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.
  • Do It! promotes the application of universal design principles to create a more accessible and usable world. DO-IT is funded by the U.S. Department of Education (grant # OPE P333A020044, #OPE P333A990042, and # OPE P333A050064) and the National Science Foundation (Cooperative Agreement #HRD-0227995) to share guidance and resources on applications of universal design, promoting the development of more accessible products and environments. DO-IT's special focus is on universal design in education (UDE), which includes information technology, physical spaces, student services, and instruction.  It is hosted by the University of Washington.
  • Lesson Planning with UDL:  Using UDL principles upfront means making fewer adaptations later—and reaching more students.
  • Promising Practices  This site provides access to 35 articles addressing the best practicesin student learning.
  • UDL Editions by CAST UDL Editions take advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners. Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner, ages 10 and up. Select your book to get started!
  • UDL Self Check!  Use this check list to self assess your own use of UDL practices that impact your students' learning.
  • Universally Designed Assessments  The concept of universal design is not new. Its use began in the field of architecture, but its application has spread rapidly into environmental initiatives, recreation, the arts, health care, and education. Principles of universal design that traverse all of these areas have been developed (see Table 1). It is reasonable to expect that they can apply equally as well to large-scale assessments.

This page was updated on August 24, 2021.   Please contact Lou Howell at LouHowell@gmail.com with additional URLs.