Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) webinar: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ec/development/

This webinar provides information about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. It 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 within all classrooms.

Webinar Sources and Additional Resources:

The Access Center

The Access Center provides technical assistance that strengthens State and local capacity to help students with disabilities effectively learn in the general education curriculum and us housed at the American Institutes for Research

  1. Background Knowledge Instruction and the Implications for UDL Implementation (pdf)

  2. Improving Access to the General Curriculum for Students wit Disabilities Through Collaborative Teaching - For Teachers (Professional Development Module)


Books without Barriers
Bookshare offers approximately 127,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools. It is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Cooperative Agreement #H327K070001).


Edutopia, funded by the George Lucas Foundation, is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. The Edutopia website provides free classroom and professional development resources including videos, online communities, and newsletters. These resources are based on research including Schools That Work.
  1. How to Engage Underperforming Students
  2. UDL Search

CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.

National Center on Universal Design for Learning (at CAST)

Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

The AIM Center serves as a resource for stakeholders, including state- and district-level educators, parents, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about and implementing AIM and NIMAS.

Ed Tech Leaders Online (Education Development Center)

Special Students in Regular Classrooms: Technology and Teaching and Universal Design

This workshop, co-developed by EDC and CAST (Center for Applied Special Technologies), provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning™ (UDL), its neurological basis, and strategies for a UDL approach in instructional settings. The basic premise of universal design for learning is that a curriculum should include alternatives to make it accessible and applicable to students, teachers, and parents with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities, and disabilities in widely varied learning contexts. The workshop is designed to acquaint participants with the basic premise of UDL, and to provide practical, hands on experience using software tools and digital media for learning support. It is designed for all those interested in educating diverse learners in general education classrooms: teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, technology specialists, and parents.

Technology, Teaching and Universal Design

This workshop provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and strategies for implementing a UDL approach in instructional settings. Universal Design for Learning is an approach to teaching and learning and the development of curriculum and assessment that draws on current brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual differences. This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with UDL principles and provide practical, hands-on experience using software tools and digital media for learning support. Participants will explore how these tools can be incorporated into their classroom practice and plan a lesson that uses these tools.