Using Universal Design for Learning to help diverse students


This little-known provision in ESSA is important for districts to consider, especially since there’s funding attached and UDL principles aren’t only for learners with disabilities. UDL can work for all students, bringing new and interesting elements into traditional curricula.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.