How many times have you used a cut out curb to pull a suitcase, move a cart, push a stroller or ride your bike across an intersection? Do you prefer the ease of use and esthetic of lever faucet handles? We all benefit from Universal Design of physical spaces and the same is true of learning spaces. If you apply the three simple design principles of Universal Design for Learning to your course materials you will not only accommodate students with disabilities, but also the learning styles and preferences for all of your students.
The three core principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are easy to implement strategies. Using these strategies each time you develop course materials is a proactive way to address accommodation needs of students, make your materials more accessible to all students and reduce the need to retroactively adapt your materials should you have a request from SDS (Student Disability Services) to do so.
The principles are:
To review more detailed examples and resources visit the National Center on UDL website guidelines page.
Read more about supporting evidence for UDL on the National Center's website.
The theory, pedagogy and neuroscience behind UDL are discussed in these books: