• Universal Design for Learning (UDL)



    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning.

    UDL provide rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all (CAST).

    Recognizing that the way individuals learn can be unique, the UDL framework, first defined by the Center for Applied Special Technology(CAST) in the 1990s, calls for creating curriculum from the outset that provides:

    • Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,
    • Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, and
    • Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn

    In our classrooms, special emphasis is placed on creating spaces where tools and learning choices are consistently available for all students. The UDL framework benefit all students in Perth Amboy Schools, by designing classrooms to fit their needs. 


    UDL is designing lessons with as many options as possible.


    What UDL is NOT

    •Individual Modifications

    •Retrofitting to accommodate the learners we know are going to enter our room

    •One Size Fits All

    •Replacing past practices


    Additional Resources to Review


    Text Resources: 

    CAST. (n.d.) What is Universal Design for Learning? http://www.cast.org/research/udl/index.html

    Google Scholar Articles (UDL)


    Video Resources: 

    Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) “ Principles of Universal Design for Learning” (n.d.) 26 February 2009 http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/window.php?src=videos

    The Learning Centre. (2008) What is UDL. 


UDL Resources