So, what is UDL?

UDL is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and challenging for all. Ultimately, the goal of UDL is to support learners to become “expert learners” who are, each in their own way, purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal driven. UDL aims to change the design of the environment rather than to change the learner. When environments are intentionally designed to reduce barriers, all learners can engage in rigorous, meaningful learning.

This UDL description is taken from CAST is a US nonprofit education research and development organisation that created the Universal Design for Learning framework and UDL Guidelines, now used the world over to make learning more inclusive.

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UDL At A Glance – – Youtube (04:36)

Seeing UDL in Action in the Classroom – – Youtube (09:15)

What is UDL? – Dr. Katie Novak – Youtube (03:21)

What is Universal Design for Learning? – – Youtube (02:52) focus on Further & Higher Education Disability –

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Adopting a UDL Attitude within Academia


– Understanding and Practicing Inclusion Across Higher Education

Adopting a UDL Attitude within Academia bridges the gap between the theory and practice of UDL (Universal Design for Learning). It guides the reader through the origins of the development of UDL as an innovative way of thinking about inclusion and the evolution of this theory into practice, as it explores UDL and its relevance beyond the classroom.

Autistic Masking


– Understanding Identity Management and the Role of Stigma

This book aims to define the process of autistic masking and the underlying reasons for its existence. It will consider the social context, including an individual’s response to stigma or trauma, that facilitates impression management.


Equity by Design: Delivering on the Power and Promise of UDL


This book makes the critical link between social justice and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) so that we can equip students (and teachers) with the will, skill and collective capacity to enact positive change.

Little Book of Autism FAQs, The


– How to Talk with Your Child about their Diagnosis and Other Conversations

Empowering and practical, this guide is the perfect companion for parents who are finding it difficult to tell their children about their autism diagnosis.

Making Space for Autism


– Strategies for Assessing and Modifying Environments to Meet the Needs of Autistic People

This environmental assessment and modification programme has an accessible, strengths-focused approach to supporting autistic people across different areas of their life. It reflects a paradigm shift from one where autism is treated as a deficit or impairment to one of strength, acceptance and autonomy.


Neurodiversity Reader, The


– Exploring Concepts, Lived Experience and Implications for Practice

The Neurodiversity Reader collection brings together work from pioneering figures within and beyond the neurodiversity movement to critically explore its associated concepts and how they might be translated into practice.


Transform Your Teaching with Universal Design for Learning


In this lively book, Pusateri addresses a common stumbling block for educators curious about UDL – how to get started. She describes ways to make a necessary shift in mindset and connects that to practical, UDL-aligned strategies.

Transforming Higher Education Through Universal Design for Learning


Providing insight into the background, theory and practical applications of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Transforming Higher Education through Universal Design for Learning: An International Perspective examines and shares best practice in UDL implementation worldwide to provide strategies for strengthening student accessibility, engagement and learning outcomes through the development of flexible learning environments.

UDL Now!


In the third edition of UDL Now!, Katie Novak provides practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners succeed in a post-pandemic world using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Universal Design for Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom


– Teaching Children of all Languages, Cultures and Abilities – Birth to 8 Years

This second edition focuses on proactively designing Pre-K through Grade 3 (ages 2 to 8) classroom instruction, environments and assessments that are flexible enough to ensure that teachers can accommodate the needs of all the students in their classrooms.