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"UNIVERSAL DESIGN": ACCESSING THE CURRICULUM WITH TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Debra K. Bauder
Assistant Professor - Session Leader/Presenter
Department of Special Education, Rm 147,
University Of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: 502.852.0564
FAX: 502.852.1419
Email: bauder@louisville.edu 

Debbie Sharon
Director of Education
Bluegrass Technology Center
A member of the Alliance for Technology Access
961 Beasley Street, Ste 103A
Lexington, KY 40509-4120
Phone: 859.294.4343
FAX: 859.294.0704
Email: dsharon@bluegrass-tech.org

Creating educational environments that are accessible to all learners is the foundation of what is now known as Universal Design. Theses educational environments should include a curriculum that includes alternatives that make it "accessible and appropriate for individuals with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities, and disabilities in widely varied learning contexts" (CAST, 2001).

The universal design of learning approach reflects an awareness of the nature of individual learning differences of each learner. Based upon these differences the educational environment should accommodate differences by creating learning experiences that suit the learner and maximize his or her ability to make educational gains within the general education curriculum.

The use of assistive technology may assist teachers in creating and implementing universally designed environments. The use of both low tech and high technology can facilitate children's access to the curriculum. Throughout this session suggestions will be made and examples will be demonstrated as to how assistive technology can be used within the universal design paradigm. Valuable resources will be shared with participants.


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