Institutionalizing UDL

EDUCAUSE Regional Conference, Austin TX 2010

Title slide from presentationAbstract

When discussed in the context of disability and accommodation, Universal Design for Learning often fails to gain traction with higher education faculty and administrators. This occurs despite the fact that UDL promises better outcomes for all learners—those with diverse life experiences, cultural and language backgrounds, learning styles, and disabilities. In the past, standalone workshops about accessibility and disability accommodation produced little interest and low turnout. There exists a widespread but erroneous perception that there are few students with disabilities on college campuses. A new approach to "marketing" UDL was needed in order to gain institution-wide acceptance and implementation. To achieve that goal, the ACCESS Project is pursuing a range of strategies. This session will highlight multiple approaches used to institutionalize UDL at a research university.