2017 Michigan Autism Conference
Universal Design Means Learning Toys for Everyone

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Who: Dr. Julia VanderMolen, CHES, Google Educator I and II
Assistant Professor-Public Health, Grand Valley State University
When: March 2017
Where: Kalamazoo, MI.

Session Presentation:

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We have made buildings accessible to all, but the curriculum is still not accessible to all. Join me to take a look at Universal Design for Learning and its relevance to early childhood education, optimizing teaching and learning for EVERY child. With a focus on adaptive toys and early learning, we will explore low tech through high tech learning and play, collaboration and UNIVERSAL access to early learning.

Session Objectives

  • Participants will understand the definition of Universal Design.
  • Participants will be able to describe what UD means to Early Childhood.
  • Participants sill be able to identify various adaptive Toys and Learning.
  • Participants will understand the connection between UD and Collaboration.

Session Handouts:

Toy List Handout
Universal Design Toy Questions
Universal Design Adaptive Books List


Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (2012). What is Universal Design. Retrieved http://universaldesign.ie/What-is-Universal-Design/
Cast.org.(2015). About Universal Design for Learning. Retrieved http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html
Rapp, W. H., & Ebooks Corporation. (2014). Universal design for learning in action: 100 ways to teach all learners. Rochester, New York: Brookes Publishing.
National Center for Universal Design for Learning-http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl


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