Learn about UDL


This section contains materials that may be used for training purposes related to the Introduction of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and other useful tools.

Educating Students Who Need Intensive Supports in a UDL Environment

With a large number of students with disabilities needing intensive supports that are educated in our nation’s public schools, every teacher can expect to find students with diverse learning needs in the classroom. Success for all students requires a focus on individual achievement, individual progress, and individual learning. Despite obstacles, recent research tells us that we can teach these students how to learn. We can put them into a position to compete if they have the proper supports in place.

The following resource will provide viewers with an overview of how students with disabilities (who need intensive supports) can be served in an educational environment that has integrated the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

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What Students and Teachers Need in a UDL Environment

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps ensure instructional practices, materials, and educational environments meet the needs of the wide spectrum of students. The Center for Universal Design for Learning has identified the following elements (needs) that should be afforded to students and teachers that are immersed in an environment that integrates the principles of UDL.

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MITS UDL Critical Elements

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) represents a paradigm shift in education that has the potential to improve outcomes for a broad range of students. There are four critical elements intended to serve as a foundation for implementation and further research. The following document outlines the four elements.

OCALI would like to thank Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) for allowing us to download and utilized this valuable resource.

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UD for Administrators

A brief article by Dr. Dave Edyburn that introduces administrators to the concepts of UD and outlines implications for instruction.

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UDL Training Guide

This UDL Toolkit is a training resource from CAST. The UDL Toolkit is designed to support professional development providers and other educators conducting workshops in Universal Design for Learning by providing resources for face-to-face training sessions and ongoing follow-up support.


Universal Design for Learning

Dave Edyburn's article, which provides a concise introduction to UDL.

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Universal Design in Learning: Fact Sheet

A brief one-page description of UDL principles.

Developed by Ron Rogers, the Ohio AT Network.

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Using Technology to Support Diverse Learners

The purpose of this website is to focus on how technology already in the classroom or school can support effective instruction and research-based strategies that work. The professional development section contains links to a slide show, handouts, and related materials for professional developers helping teachers integrate technology into the curriculum to support diverse learners.