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Universal Design in Education: Educational Models


The Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability at the University of Connecticut provides extensive support for postsecondary implementation of Universal Design in Instruction (UDI).  

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL)  framework for curricular design is research-based, relying headily on cognitive neuroscience. The focus of UDL is the development of  learning environments that, through flexibility, accommodate individual learning differences. First articulated by David H. Rose, Ed.D. of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology(CAST) in the 1990s, the principles of UDL have the potential to guide instructional practices toward the creation of the optimum teaching and learning environment.





The Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) at the DO-IT Center (University of Washington) combines the Principles of Universal Design and the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to apply UD to educational products and environments.