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National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

UDL Questions and Answers Q 1: What is Universal Design for Learning? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for designing curricula—that is, educational goals, methods, materials, and assessments—that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. This is accomplished by simultaneously providing rich supports for learning and reducing barriers to the curriculum, while maintaining high achievement standards for all students. Q 2: How does Universal Design for Learning help teachers in real classrooms? From pre-kindergarten to graduate school, classrooms usually include learners with diverse abilities and backgrounds, including students with physical, sensory, and learning disabilities, differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds, varied preferences and motivations for learning, students who are unusually gifted, and many others. Q 3: How does UDL help guarantee students equal opportunities to learn?

What is NIMAS? NIMAS is a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files (in XML) that may be used to develop multiple specialized formats (such as Braille or audio books) for students with print disabilities. The source files are prepared using eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML) to mark up the structure of the original content and provide a means for presenting the content in a variety of ways and styles. For example, once a NIMAS fileset has been produced, the XML and image source files may be used not only for printed materials, but also to create Braille, large print, HTML, DAISY talking books using human voice or text-to-speech, audio files derived from text-to-speech transformations, and more. The separation of content from presentation is an important feature of the NIMAS approach. The various specialized formats created from NIMAS filesets may then be used to support a very diverse group of learners who qualify as students with print disabilities. See also the U.S. PDF format.

Downloads English Get the UDL Guidelines in full-text format (Word): A complete narrative describing the context within which CAST developed the UDL Guidelines including explanations and examples of each principle and checkpoint. Get a Graphic Organizer with the UDL Guidelines (PDF): A multi-colored one-page view of the UDL principles and checkpoints. Get an Educator's Worksheet for the UDL Guidelines (Word): A worksheet listing the UDL principles and checkpoints with space for note-taking. UDL Guidelines Version 2.0 Translations Arabic Version - النسخة العربية Graphic Organizer- المبادئ الرئيسية للتصميم >الشامل للتعلم (PDF): صورة ملونة تبين المبادئ الرئيسية للتصميم الشامل Catalan Version català (PDF) Chinese (traditional) Version-中文(繁體) Graphic Organizer- 通用學習設計指南圖表詮釋 (PDF):通用學習設計指南原則和要點彩色單頁詮釋 Chinese (simplfied) Version-中文(简体) Graphic Organizer- 通用学习设计指南图表诠释 (PDF):通用学习设计指南原则和要点彩色单页诠释 French Version - français Greek Version - Ελληνικά Italian Version Graphic Organizer—Linee guida UDL 2.0 Italia (PDF)