Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a scientific-based framework that involves proactive planning of curricula (goals, assessments, methods, and materials) to reduce barriers in instruction, and provide
appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges while maintaining high achievement expectations for all students.
Such planning goes beyond looking closely at options on how information can be presented in flexible ways so that students can participate in the learning process and better understand the learning goal and content. S
ome students require optimal interaction between the universal design for learning principles and assistive technologies to empower them in reaching their goals. In practice, UDL and AT often work in concert to achieve optimal and practical results (Hitchcock & Stahl, 2003). For example, providing a communication device and mounting system so a student can express their knowledge, skills and disposition.
This issue of the newsletter highlights Mounting supports found in the AT & UDL Loan Library that you can check out to provide options to students. For some students, these
supports provide flexibility, customization and multiple ways to access learning materials.