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Universal Design For Learning

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What is the definition of Universal Design for Learning?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) refers to the definition of Universal Design that was used in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. 

"The term 'universal design' means a concept or philosophy for designing and delivering products and services that are usable by people with the widest range of functional capabilities, which include products and services that are directly accessible (without requiring assistive technologies) and products and services that are made usable with assistive technologies." (Section 3 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998) 

Within IDEA 2004, the law states that "state educational agencies (or local agencies in the case of district assessments) shall to the extent feasible use universal design principles in developing and administering any statewide assessment." (IDEA, Section 614)

With an increased emphasis on the universal design of products and services, some students with disabilities may be able to access and use educational materials without the addition of special assistive technologies.

UDL "De-Mystified"!  

SST 16 can Present a One-Day Introduction and Practice in using UDL for Lesson Planning

Many schools want to make UDL a focus, but what exactly do you DO to get started in implementing UDL in your school?  This one-day training will present the framework of Universal Design for Learning for reducing barriers for all students and maximizing learning opportunities for every student.  Part of the day will involve participants sharing a lesson plan they bring to the training.  Participants will learn how to use resources and collaborate with others to improve their lesson plan using UDL principles and strategies.

Contact Nancy Ruth (nancy.ruth@sst16.org) for additional information.

Additional Info

Are you interested in having UDL training at your school on a PD day or during a 2 Hour Delay?    Our consultants can provide the UDL one-day training at your site to fit your school's needs as two separate sessions:  

1)  "Introduction to the UDL Framework" (2-3 hours); and,

2)  "Getting Started:  Using UDL in Lesson Planning" (2-3 hour follow-up session).  


In-district presentations will depend on consultant availability.    Contact Nancy Ruth or Amy Wolfe for additional details.     nancy.ruth@sst16.org or amy.wolfe@athensmeigs.com