This guide supports Teacher Candidates at the Queen's Faculty of Education in the selection of assistive technologies in the K-12 classroom and in the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
UDL is an educational framework and set of principles that provides all students with equal opportunities to learn. UDL uses inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners, including students with disabilities.
Students enter school from diverse backgrounds bringing with them varied learning preferences and life experiences. Diversity can take many forms including race, gender, social class, ability, learning style or learning preference. A UDL approach to instruction allows students with a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, language skills, and learning styles to have multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. The adoption of UDL principles reflects sound pedagogical practice.