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At its heart, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not a special education initiative. It is an accessibility initiative, geared towards maximizing the process and possibility of learning for all, regardless of their differences. UDL is a learning framework based on neuroscience that recognize that all learners, regardless of ability engage with the learning process in highly unique ways. Planning for such learning should therefore be done in a manner that allows learners to engage in the process in a ways that meet their individual, diverse learning needs.
Lessons planned within the UDL framework are beneficial to students with disabilities because they are beneficial to all learners.
UDL At A Glance Video
Additional information on Universal Design for Learning is available at the Center for Applied Special Technologies site, and from this module designed by the Iris Center at Vanderbilt.
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