Universal Design in Education

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Why Universal Design?

  • Rests on the definition and principles developed at the Center for Universal Design: 

"The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design."


  • Puts high values on DIVERSITY, EQUITY, and INCLUSION.
  • Strives to make educational products and environments welcoming, accessible, and usable for everyone.
  • Is a goal, a process, as well as a set of guidelines and strategies for specific applications.
  • Can be implemented in incremental steps.
  • Can be applied to instruction, services, information, technology, and physical spaces to ensure welcoming, accessible, and usable products and environments for students, instructors, staff and others.

Applications and Examples of Universal Design in...



Information Technology

Physical Spaces

Source: The Center for Universal Design in Education, uw.edu/doit/CUDE

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