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Tips from Universal Design for Learning 

Educators and professionals who work in the field of disabilities services developed Universal Design for Learning (UDL). These professionals have researched and implemented a variety of ways to incorporate all students "with diverse abilities" in the classroom. These strategies can benefit all learners, but can also reduce the overall need for individual accommodations. These strategies can improve learning outcomes, and ultimately lead to more productive academic spaces. Although UDL has the potential to create more inclusive spaces, requested LSS approved accommodations still must be honored. UDL does not replace individual accommodation requirements.  

UDL encompasses the physical design of the classroom and multiple pedagogical styles. The following links offer more information about UDL: 

CAST Universal Design UDL Guidelines

DO-IT List of Universal Design Resources

Some examples of UDL include:

  • Design instruction and curriculum to meet diverse learning needs
  • Use of multiple modalities in instruction (lectures, film, graphs, charts, overheads, demonstrations, illustrations, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Facing students while talking (don't talk while writing at the blackboard)
  • Supplement oral instructions with written guidelines
  • Describing orally any material projected within the classroom
  • Distributing copies of your notes or posting them online
  • Providing handouts in a larger font (14 or 16 pt)
  • Utilizing multiple means for assessing knowledge
  • Providing opportunities for students to clarify instructions or assignments

LSS is always available to discuss and promote Universal Design initiatives. 

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