The term Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

UDL recognizes that if students can’t access information, they can’t learn it. So in a UDL classroom, materials are accessible for all types of learners. Students have many options for reading, including print, digital, text-to-speech and audiobooks.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework developed by CAST, an Understood founding partner. UDL guides the design of learning experiences to proactively meet the needs of all learners. … UDL is based on brain science and evidence-based educational practices. It also leverages the power of digital technology.


UDL is the recognition that a standardized learning environment is no longer productive; it is vital — and, with today’s technology, possible — to acknowledge differences among students. … Instead of fixing the students, time would be better spent fixing the curriculum.

Typically, UDL implementers find: A reduction in the need for, and time required to arrange, individual accommodations. The proactive design supports a more diverse student population. A greater opportunity for learners to more fully demonstrate knowledge.