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How has UDL been Defined?

A concise definition of Universal Design for Learning was provided by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), which stated:

From the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 ...

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The term UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING means a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that:

(A) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and
(B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and  challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient.

In addition to this definition, the framework of UDL has been elaborated by CAST in Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age by Rose & Meyer (ASCD, 2002), The Universally Designed Classroom (Rose, Meyer, & Hitchcock, Eds.; Harvard Education Press, 2005), and A Practical Reader in Universal Design for Learning (Rose & Meyer, Eds.; Harvard Education Press, 2006). 

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Last Updated: 04/17/2013

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