ERIC Number: ED437767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Curriculum Access and Universal Design for Learning. ERIC/OSEP Digest #E586.
This digest discusses the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requirements which state that all students, regardless of their abilities, be given the opportunity to become involved with and progress in the general education curriculum. It describes how educators can use a curriculum that has been universally designed to ensure accessibility. Essential features of universal design for learning are discussed, including: (1) the curriculum provides multiple means of representation, allowing subject matter to be presented in alternative modes for students who learn best from visual or auditory information, or for those who need differing levels of complexity; (2) the curriculum provides multiple means of expression to allow students to respond with their preferred means of control; and (3) the curriculum provides multiple means of engagement that allow students' interests in learning to be matched with the mode of presentation and their preferred means of expression. The digest warns against "dumbing down" the curriculum, and urges teachers to maintain the curriculum at a sufficient level of difficulty to allow student progress. Support for a universal design curriculum is discussed, and groups who are working on universal design issues are identified. (CR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
ERIC/OSEP Special Project, ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1589. Tel: 800-328-0272 (Toll Free); e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ericec.org.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act