During a February 7, 2012 hearing of the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on "The Promise of Accessible Technology," Chairman Senator Harkin and the Superintendent of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana, Dr. Quick, praised UDL’s impact on school outcomes. Listen to the hearing to learn more or read this article about the hearing.
The National UDL Task Force works to influence the Administration and Congress to adopt the UDL principles in federal legislation and policy. Learn more about the National UDL Task Force.
In June 2012, the Maryland Department of Education proposed and the Maryland State Board of Education adopted regulations that require all local districts to use UDL in the development of curriculum and selection of instructional materials beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Read the UDL regulations. The regulations define UDL as a curriculum design framework for all students. Read the UDL definition. This work began with the establishment of the Maryland UDL Task Force which published its recommendations on April 26, 2011. Read the report.
The 2013 fact sheet, Universal Design for Learning: Strategies Principals Can Employ in Their Schools, provides an overview of the principles of UDL and outlines how the framework makes course instruction, materials, and content accessible and engaging for students with all learning styles.
PowerUp WHAT WORKS offers free "any time, any place" professional development resources to help educators ensure that their students, including those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Grounded in Universal Design for Learning principles and evidence-based instruction, PowerUp enhances teaching and learning in ELA and Math through the effective implementation of technology tools and strategies. PowerUp is sponsored by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC), and CAST.
Last Updated: 12/18/2013