Universal Design

Universally designed curriculum provides multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement to students with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, ethnic backgrounds, language skills, and learning styles.

Ways that Faculty Can Help Student with Disabilities: Possible Teaching Accommodations

Universal Design of Instruction at the University of Washington’s DO-IT site is devoted to the principles and the rationale behind Universal Design of Instruction. This page also lists other resources for further reading.

Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. Their site lays out general principles of Universal Design that can be applied to instruction.

AccessIT (another part of the University of Washington’s DO-IT site) “The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education.” Of particular interest is their Accessible University Companion Guide which has a series of mock “inaccessible” websites followed by examples of how to makes these sites more accessible to everyone.

The BBC’s Accessibility Policy: “The BBC will ensure that its media is accessible to people who have visual, hearing, motor or cognitive impairments.” The site includes Accessibility Standards we can all aspire to in designing websites.

CAST: Teaching Every Student

CAST: Universal Design for Learning

FacultyWare: Tools for the Universal Design of Instruction