Universal Design

Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

Universal Design of Instruction Examples

  • Create an environment that respects and values diversity.  Put a statement on your syllabus inviting students to meet with you to discuss disability-related accommodations and other learning needs.
  • Assure that all classrooms, labs and fieldwork are in locations accessible to individuals with a wide range of physical abilities and disabilities.
  • Use multiple modes to deliver content (including lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, internet-based interaction, and fieldwork).
  • Provide printed or Web-based materials which summarize content that is delivered orally.
  • Face the class and speak clearly.
  • Provide printed materials in electronic format.
  • Provide printed materials early so that students can prepare to access the materials in alternate formats.
  • Provide effective prompting during an activity and feedback after the assignment is completed.
  • Provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge.
  • Make sure equipment and activities minimize sustained physical effort.
  • Universal Design webpages

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