Universal Design for Learning is a framework that allows for individual learning differences. It is sometimes thought of as a framework for students with disabilities, but it actually benefits every student. Just as everyone benefits from a Universal Design to get rid of curbs at crosswalks, everyone can benefit from a Universal Design for Learning that allows screen readers to work with a Word document, for example. The Universal Design for Learning framework is important for not only online learning, but also for face-to-face learning. It is something worth becoming familiar with.




http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/experiences/attexp3a.html

Websites
www.ldonline.org
"The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD"

http://www.techpotential.net/
This site is created by Shelley Haven, who has a wide range of experience in assistive technologies. She offers assessment and trainings for the public, including professional development seminars for school districts. Her toolbox page, http://www.techpotential.net/attoolbox has resources for learner differences.

http://www.cited.org/index.aspx Center for Implementing Technology in Education. This site helps identify best practices for integrating instructional technology for all students. The coolest thing I found here is a free online course about differentiating instruction with technology. I’ve not gone through the whole course, but it looks useful. Go to http://airlearning.org/ At the bottom, click on CITEd Online Courses. This will take you right into the course.

http://www.udlcenter.org/
National Center on Universal Design for Learning. If you go to this link, you will find examples and resources for the UDL Guidelines: http://www.udlcenter.org/implementation/examples There is a treasure trove of resources.

http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/UDL/ National Universal Design for Learning Task Force. Under the UDL FAQ’s, there are printable sheets for administrators, educators, families, policy makers, etc. Also, the resources section offers Teacher Resource/Professional Development links.

http://www.washington.edu/accessit/index.html
The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education. There is a checklist that would be useful for developing an online course (not every point is applicable, but many are): http://www.washington.edu/accessit/it-checklist/AccessChecklist.pdf Also, “FREE Web Design Curriculum - This curriculum was designed for high school introduction to web design courses. It stresses standards-based and accessible design, and is vendor-neutral, project-based, and FREE.
http://www.wested.org/cs/tdl/print/docs/tdl/home.htm
"This website, produced by WestEd, contains links to a slide show, handouts, and related materials for professional developers (technology coordinators and inclusion teachers) that are helping teachers integrate technology into the curriculum to support diverse learners."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/
"This site is a companion to the PBS special Misunderstood Minds, and profiles a variety of learning problems and expert opinions. It is designed to give parents and teachers a better understanding of learning processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding."