Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators meet this goal by providing a framework curriculum and lesson development that meets the needs of all learners from the start, by offering students with multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. (Source: National Center on Universal Design for Learning)
The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) offers a variety of resources and support for UDL, including professional development webinars, videos, tools, and technical assistance to help design educational environments that enable all learners to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning.