Universal Design for Learning

Therapists use a lens of universal design for learning to consider the needs of all students, especially those with diverse learning.  The goal of UDL is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs.

UDL is weaved into our everyday lives and school settings such as:

  • Curb cut-outs, ramps, automatic doors, and elevators,
  • Accessibility features on a smart phones
  • Using closed caption, digital or audio text
  • Flexible work spaces and task lighting.
  • Lever door handles and flat panel light switches
  • Presenting a visual schedule to the whole class
  • Assignment options - multiple means to demonstrate knowledge including oral presentations and group projects

By applying UDL principles, therapists assist schools to effectively instruct a diverse group of learners. They do this by building in flexibility in the ways learners can access information and in the ways students can demonstrate their knowledge.

For more information on UDL, visit www.understood.org

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