Universal Design (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design) is a term coined byRon Mace in the 1960s applied to the design of “barrier-free”(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrier-free) or accessible(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) architecture. The principles were of benefit topeople with disabilities but also found to be universally beneficial leading to thedevelopment of Seven Principles of Universal Design(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design) . Universal designers began their workwith the "user" in mind. The idea of applying the Seven Principles of Universal Designto education resulted in the beginnings of Universal Design Learning (UDL)(http://www.cast.org/research/udl/index.html) . The paradigm of UDL, which was first developed by the Centerfor Applied Special Technology (CAST) (http://www.cast.org/) , is a means of respecting a variety of diverseindividual learning styles without requiring adaptation. This theoretical framework promotes the success for alllearners by inherently having the flexibility to support each individual's needs. UDL applies to all learners, notexclusively to individuals with disabilities, but aims to provide everyone with equal access to learning. Thisincludes diverse learners recognized by various frameworks such as Multiple Intelligence(http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/index.htm) and Mel Levine'sneurodevelopmental constructs (http://www.allkindsofminds.org/) .
What follows on this page is a summary of selected sections of the book
Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning
written byDavid H. Rose and Anne Meyer (2002).
Dr. David Rose: Podcast - An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning(http://inclusiveworkshop.ca/index.php?page=udl-classroom) .
Rose, D. H., & Meyer, A. (2002).
Teaching every student in the Digital Age : Universal Design for Learning
(http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/)Alexandria, Va: Association for