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  • What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

     

    The basic premise within Universal Design for Learning is that flexibility in curriculum must be available to accommodate the diverse differences in student learners. Thus, the UDL framework encompasses three overarching principles that aim to minimize barriers and maximize learning.

    A universally designed curriculum includes:

    • multiple means of presentation to allow various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,
    • multiple means of expression to allow alternatives for demonstrating knowledge, and
    • multiple means of engagement to challenge appropriately, to motivate, and to allow learners to express and participate in their interests.

    What can parents do to help implement UDL approaches in the classrooms?

    • Ask educators if they are familiar with the concept of UDL or if they are currently using
      universally designed curriculum in their classroom.
    • See that related goals are incorporated into a student’s IEP so that he or she can learn
      the same content as their peers. For instance: Discuss how members of the IEP or
      transition planning team can help general educators understand and implement these
      concepts in the classroom.
    • Advocate with local school boards and state departments of education for policies
      that require newly purchased textbooks and curricula to be fully accessible to students
      with disabilities by incorporating UDL principles.
  • Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
  • The UDL Guidelines website image and link
    This website goes into detail about the different UDL Guidelines.  Explanations, and examples for each guideline and checkpoint are provided.  
    CAST website image and link
    The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. 
    Understood website image and link
    This chart describes the Difference Between UDL and Traditional Education.   
Family Engagement logo
Special Education Parent Resources including information on:  specific disabilities, state assessment, assistive technology, community resources, parent training, and many more web links.  
Texas Project First logo
Texas Project First is a website created by parents for parents.  Topics include the special education process, free online learning, state guidance, curriculum, disability resources, community resources and more.  
Special education information center (spedex) logo
Sped Tex or the Special Education Resource Center includes information on disabilities, laws, and academic resources.
TEAM Project logo
The TEAM Project is one of three federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) serving Texas parents of children and youth with disabilities ages 0-26.  The site includes a large list of Fact Sheets that cover topics such as advocacy, bullying, parents' rights, transition, and Medicaid Waiver Program.
Parent Companion logo
The Parent Companion First Five Years is a a guide for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.
The Legal Framework logo
This site includes frameworks, publications, and resources helpful in the special education process. There is a glossary of terms and acronyms, links to laws, rules and guidance; and a search feature. 
  • Cara Wyly
    Project Manager, Progress in the General Curriculum Network
    (210) 370-5413

 

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