Why Universal Design?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) addresses the needs of a wide range of students from the beginning of the course design process. The UDL mindset is that all students can succeed and learning experiences can be adapted so that there are a variety of "normal" ways to participate. This mindset is especially important given that unconscious or unexamined beliefs about people with disabilities can negatively impact the classroom environment. While most educators would say that they would like each student in their class to be successful, subtle forms of ableism, or the bias against people with disabilities, can creep into our everyday language and actions. These actions can quietly sabotage the chances of success for some students. This is why it is important to design your course using multiple means of action, engagement, and expression. This systemic solution can help to prevent ablesim from infiltrating a course.

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