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About UDL

About UDL
A short video by CAST illustrates the three principles of Universal Design for Learning. How US Federal Statute Defines UDL The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, passed with strong bipartisan support, established the statutory definition for universal design for learning. Read the definition UDL Series A free online collection of rich media presentations that help educators to build UDL understanding, implementa-tion skills, and leadership ability. Visit the UDL Series Resource for Parents and Teachers The UDLinks app was developed through a grant from the Maryland Department of Education to help teachers and parents search for online teaching resources aligned with UDL. UDL Now! In UDL Now! Related:  School Libraries & the Needs of All Learners

Design Thinking and UDL for Makerspaces in STEM and STEAM Classrooms Some makerspaces are set up in separate rooms down the hall, in the library, or in another building. Kids may only be able to use the makerspace once a week or month. Some activities may focus on how to use the resources available and not connect the activities to the curriculum or around a real world problem. This is why we decided to focus on this topic for #plearnchat and created a planning tool for makerspaces in the classroom using the Design Thinking Process and Universal Design for Learning®. The big question: How can a maker and design thinking mindset encourage deeper learning for STEM and STEAM? We used the Q1, A1 format with the following six questions: The questions scaffolded using UDL and Design Thinking to build a maker mindset. Charity Dodd @CharityDodd"UDL provides Ss with supports so that they ask questions, create agency and take ownership of their learning." Kathleen Johnson @mskmjohnson"By giving students freedom to express their own ideas and share with one another.

Starfall: Learn to Read with Phonics, Learn Mathematics Universal Design for Learning Universal design provides people with disabilities greater access to the community and the workplace by removing or reducing barriers found in the environment. These principles, first outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are now being applied to instruction through IDEA '04 (Center for Applied Special Technology [CAST], 2004a). In the broadest sense, applying principles of universal design to instruction seeks to remove barriers that any individual might face when participating in instructional activities (Hitchcock & Stahl, 2003). Unlike accommodations and modifications made for students with disabilities, universal design creates alternatives open to all students. The goal of UDL is for more students to be able to access the content of instruction, thereby reducing the number of students who need special accommodations and supports.

Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3 Personalization v Differentiation v Individualization (PDI) Chart (Version 3) The PDI chart was created for a reason: to clarify the differences in these terms. In 2010, the National Ed Tech Plan defined all three of these terms as they are related to instruction. It has been some time since we initially published the PDI Chart in January 2012. We updated the chart again to version 3 from your feedback. Individualization involves assessment OF learning.

3 Fundamentals of UDL the special needs hat The mission statement for my library included this statement We are dedicated to providing and promotingintellectual and physical access for allto an extensive range of print and electronic resources,tools and technologies It sounded very grand in theory but what did it look like in practice? Was it even put into practice? Or was it one of those statements that had no substance behind it? Achieving this part of the mission statement became a very real necessity as the school grew and more and more students enrolled. One of these special children was Molly who was a delightful child, but who suffered from severe and very frequent epileptic episodes which intruded on her everyday functioning as well as her ability to learn. It meant closely examining a number of things a familiar place Provide teddies or other soft toys which the children can cuddle during storytime, read to or tell their secrets to. Teddies provide comfort physical access resources Signage needs to be bold and clear social online

BARD Access - National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) | Library of Congress BARD is a free library service of downloadable braille and audio reading material for residents of the United States and U.S. citizens living abroad who are unable to read or use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. BARD provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. The site is password-protected. All files are downloadable as compressed audio or formatted ebraille files. Three steps to begin using BARD 1) Become an NLS patron 2) Register for BARD 3) Get a Device You can get a free talking-book player on long-term loan from your network library, buy a commercial model on your own if there are features you prefer, or download the free app to your smart device. Four steps to getting books on BARD Mobile 1) Sign In Sign In to BARD on your mobile device. For help with BARD, access videos on How to Use BARD Mobile or send an email to 2) Find Books 3) Add to Wish List 4) Download Sign In to BARD on a computer

Find, Share and Recommend Accessible iOS, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV Apps | AppleVis Here at AppleVis we strive to make it easier for you to find great and accessible apps to use on Apple products. From this page, you can browse and search our directories of iOS, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV apps; see what apps others are recommending; see which iOS apps our community has inducted into our Hall Of Fame; and check to see if there are any promotions on accessible apps. iOS Apps iOS App Directory Our main resource for owners of iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch is the iOS App Directory, which currently contains user-submitted information on the accessibility of more than 3000 apps. View the latest entries in the iOS App Directory Browse the iOS App Directory by category Browse the iOS App Directory by app name View a list of iOS apps that have been developed specifically for blind or low vision users Use our Advanced Search to find iOS apps Submit an app to the iOS App Directory iOS App Recommendations View the latest iOS apps to be recommended Mac Apps Mac App Directory Apple TV Apps

Making a school library more accessible for students with special needs (Sedley Abercrombie) In 31 of our 32 school libraries, we have have a certified school librarian (or certified teacher working on his or her degree) in place. In our district, we do have one particular school with some of the most dedicated professionals I have ever come to meet. Stoner-Thomas is a school for nearly 100 students with special needs in grades K-12. More than 30 staff members are employed in various capacities to meet the needs of those students…but no librarian. When I became the lead librarian for our district 2.5 years ago (a brand new position), I decided to “adopt” Stoner-Thomas Library Media Center. State of the Library (2015): Because our district allots a book budget based upon student enrollment, Stoner-Thomas had a very small budget each year. Construction delays (2016): Stoner-Thomas was headed for some major renovations, adding new state-of-the-art classrooms, updated bathrooms, and adding a new cafeteria and a handicapped-accessible playground. Making the library more accessible:

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