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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