Universal Design for Learning

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Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal


The concept of universal design (UD) emerged from architectural design of buildings that offer access for all who enter them. An innovation that was promulgated following state and federal legislation, UD is now required in all public buildings to make them fully accessible to the widest spectrum of users, including people with disabilities. The UDL framework provides guidance for creating flexible curricula and instructional environments, and for using technology to maximize success for all students, including those with physical and/or psychiatric disabilities. The UDL perspective embraces the idea of instructor creativity in developing teaching strategies and assessment techniques that are effective for all learners, while still maintaining the integrity of the course and achieving its objectives. UDL creates a learning culture in which diversity is accepted and embraced, and where all students are encouraged to learn and demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways.


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