American Journal of Educational Research
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American Journal of Educational Research. 2017, 5(2), 231-233
DOI: 10.12691/education-5-2-20
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Universal Design for Learning: Is It for Everyone?

Rita Coombs-Richardson1, and Freddie W. Litton1

1Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, School of Education, Health Professions, and Human Development, University of Houston- Victoria, Victoria, Texas USA

Pub. Date: February 25, 2017

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Rita Coombs-Richardson and Freddie W. Litton. Universal Design for Learning: Is It for Everyone?. American Journal of Educational Research. 2017; 5(2):231-233. doi: 10.12691/education-5-2-20


Universal Design for Learning is a concept which liberates people from labels that separates them from the norm. It proposes teaching methods that compensates a need, similar to pushing a door opener when hands are occupied, a ramp for pushing a stroller or using an elevator instead of stairs. In the classroom, universal design for learning (UDL) incorporates numerous methods to differentiate instruction. Students are given multiple ways to express their understanding and mastery of what is taught. The multiple opportunities for engagement is the most important UDL principle. The ultimate goal of UDL is to vary approaches and strategies that differentiate and maximize learning.

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