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UDL Guidelines - Version 2.0: Examples and Resources

Checkpoint 4.2: Optimize access to tools and assistive technologies

II. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Physical Action

Key Considerations

  • How does this help learners meet the goal?
  • How does this account for the variability of all learners?
  • Do learners have access to tools and AT?

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Example/Resource Why UDL?
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WebAIM: Motor Disabilities, Assistive Technologies

This website lists the different assistive technologies that are available so that students can communicate with others.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to access the site; some of the tools presented require no technology

Why UDL? The assistive technologies reviewed on this website (e.g. mouth sticks, head wands, single switches, etc.) are all examples of tools that offer options in the means of navigation.

 

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Camera Mouse

Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head.

Be sure to check out the informational video on the website!

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Windows 7, Vista, or XP computer and a webcam

Why UDL? Camera Mouse provides options in the means of navigation by allowing students to control the mouse pointer with their heads instead of their hands.

See also:
4.1: Vary the methods for response and navigation

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TechMatrix

The TechMatrix is a powerful tool for finding educational and assistive technology products for students. 

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Use the TechMatrix search engine as a resource to find the assistive technologies that provide options in the means of navigation.

See also:
4.1: Vary the methods for response and navigation

 

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Switch Scanning Methods

Better Living Through Technology offers online animation examples of the different switch scanning systems available.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All areas
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Switches offer an alternative method for navigation on the computer.

See also:
4.1: Vary the methods for response and navigation

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AIM Navigator

"The AIM Navigator is a free tool that facilitates the process of decision-making around accessible instructional materials for an individual student. The four major decision points in the process include 1) determination of need, 2) selection of format(s), 3) acquisition of formats; and 4) selection of supports for use. The AIM Navigator includes guiding questions, information that informs decision-making, and useful resources for each decision point."

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? AIM are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and students with print-disabilities. They include formats such as Braille, audio, large print, and electronic text. The audio and the electronic text formats are excellent examples of providing options in the means of navigation for students who have difficulty turning the pages of a book.

See also:
1.1: Offer ways of customizing the display of information

1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information

2.3 Support decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols

4.1: Vary the methods for response and navigation

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National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

This site serves as a resource to state- and district-level educators, parents, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about and implementing AIM and NIMAS.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to access the website

Why UDL? AIM are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and students with print-disabilities. They include formats such as Braille, audio, large print, and electronic text. The audio and the electronic text formats are excellent examples of providing options in the means of navigation for students who have difficulty turning the pages of a book.

See also:
1.1: Offer ways of customizing the display of information

1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information

2.3 Support decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols

4.1: Vary the methods for response and navigation

Last Updated: 07/22/2015

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