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.


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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.

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.

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.
"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."

"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."