Techn'Teach: AssisTechKnow 2015

Universal Design Learning Making Your Course Accessible to Everyone

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Who: Dr. Julia VanderMolen
When: October 15, 2015 @ 9:50 am – 10:50 am
Where: Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids, MI

Session Handout: Universal Design Learning Making Your Course Accessible to Everyone pdf format


When discussing Universal Design (UD), most people think of physical accommodations to buildings or other products that allow them to be more easily used by individuals with disabilities. This session will provide teachers with resources to benefits all learners, including those that may have a disability.

Session Objectives

  • Participants will learn what UDL is, find guidelines, examples, and federal legislation that affect how teach should deliver course content.
  • Participants will learn, explore and dialog to evaluate if a course is accessible. This will include provides tools and resources for you to evaluate your course content for accessibility.
  • Participants will learn and explore resources for how to create course content that benefits all learners. This will include tips on how to create accessible Word documents and accessible PowerPoint presentations and more.

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Darby, A. (nd). Understanding Universal Design in the Classroom. Retrieved July 12, 2015, from

Fact Sheet: Universal Design for Learning | Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL). (nd). Retrieved July 12, 2015, from

Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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