Marla Roll, director of the Assistive Technology Resources Center, has received a CSU Ventures Creative Works Commercialization Award to help faculty and staff learn about the benefits of universally designed instructional materials.
Universal Design in Learning principles strive to eliminate barriers that impact teaching and learning, including for students with visual, hearing or motor impairment, brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, and a wide range of disabilities.
“About two-thirds of the students we serve have a ‘non-apparent’ disability; they see themselves as simply having a different way to learn,” Roll explains. “Much of what they need to learn successfully can happen proactively in the initial design of the course. If faculty anticipate their needs when providing content, with UDL principles in mind, the need for accommodation goes down.”
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