Date
02 December 2020

Consider universal supports and useful options

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘How to plan using UDL’

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Identify universal supports

Identify universal supports

Often tools or approaches traditionally offered to one student but can easily be made available to everyone.

This is a universal approach and the tools become optional supports for everyone.

Examples of universal supports

Examples of universal supports

Useful resources in every learning environment.

Common examples:

  • text-to-speech
  • speech-to-text
  • closed captions on videos
  • graphic organisers
  • essay planning tools
  • digital documents
  • e-books
  • headphones.
  • paper of different sizes
  • mini whiteboards and pens.

Reflection questions

Reflection questions

  • What tools or approaches do you offer individual students that could be made available to all students?
  • What universal supports could be useful to make available across all classrooms?
  • What universal supports do you expect to be available to everyone in your workplace?

Source: Adapted from Universal design for learning: Theory and practice (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Do’s and don’ts on designing for accessibility

Read time: 34 min

Publisher: United Kingdom Government

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Website

UDL Virtual tour

Publisher: Maryland Learning Links

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Website

UDL Tech toolkit

Publisher: Joyce Valenza

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “How to plan using UDL”:

Return to the guide “Universal Design for Learning”

Guide to Index of the guide: Universal Design for Learning

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