Universal Design for Learning
Historically, providing services to college students with disabilities was determined using a medical model, which focused on an individual’s impairment. Currently, the social model of disability is increasingly the framework adopted when addressing access. Within this perspective, a distinction is made between impairment, which is a characteristic of the individual, and a disabling situation, which is the result of poor planning or inadequate design. Universal Design considers the needs of the widest range of individuals and ensures the environment is constructed with this in mind starting with the planning stages. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is achieved through the development of flexible instructional methods, materials, and assessments. It is considered a best practice approach to curriculum design and is easily achieved through the use of various curriculum design and delivery strategies.
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