Universal Design

Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) Principles operate under the premise that instructors/designers consider the widest array of users/learners when creating curriculum. 

Understanding Student Needs

To consider the widest array of users is to understand the wide array of cognitive profiles and how each and every brain is unique in how it receives, perceives, processes, and produces information. One short cut towards ensuring that your curriculum is accessible by a larger heterogeneous population of learners is to design with the extreme ends of the user continuum in mind.

We highly recommend that you teach students how to create accessible materials and to understand accessibility and usability design practices to ensure that as future employees and employers potentially generating information, materials and spaces, they are in compliance with federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Learning More

If you would like to learn more about Universal Design for Instruction, Universal Design for Learning and the cognitive and learning research behind those principles and practices, see the "Universal Design for Instruction" section of the Faculty Disability Services Guidebook. We also recommend:

Microsoft Office Tutorials

The Microsoft Office suite provides built-in accessibility tools to help users ensure that they are creating accessible documents.

The Office Support website provides users with the option to view training videos, download the tutorial as a PowerPoint Presentation, or Quick Reference cards documenting step-by-step procedures.