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Universal Design Resources


Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Center for Universal Design

National Center on Universal Design for Learning

Peer-reviewed Articles and Books:

Block, L. (2006). Universal Design in Higher Education [Special issue]. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 19(2).

Burgstahler, S.E., & Cory, R.C. (2008). Universal design in higher education: From principles to practice. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press

Funckes, C., & Kroeger, S. (2003). Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education: Moving Beyond the Built Environment. Journal on Postsecondary Education and Disability, 16(2), 78-89.

Gradel, K. and Edson, A. J. (2010). Putting Universal Design for Learning on the higher ed agenda. Journal of Educational Technology Systems. 38(2).

Higbee, J.L. (ed.) (2003). Curriculum transformation and disability: Implementing universal design in higher education. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Roberts, K.D. et al. (2011). Universal Design for Instruction in postsecondary education: A systematic review of empirically based articles. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 24(1).

Rose, D. H. & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Rowland, C. et al. (2010). Universal design for the digital environment: Transforming the institution. Educause Review Online. 45(6).

Schelley, C.L. et al. (2011). Student perceptions of faculty implementation of Universal Design for Learning. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 24(1).

Williams, G. (2010). Academic Resoures and Universal Design. Chronicle of Higher Education. retrieved from:

Online Tutorials

CAST: What is Universal Design

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

CAST Universal Design Online Modules

This site provides two online modules introducing the theory, principles, and application of Universal Design for Learning. They are designed to provide faculty information on universal design through a multimedia, interactive online-learning environment. An interactive group can be set up to practice using a blog, wiki or other types of interactive web media.

EnAct Ensuring Access Through Collaboration and Technology

UDL-U provides a comprehensive faculty development guide.

Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction

This webpage is a product of the University of Washington Do-It Grant and provides a checklist on Universal Design for Teaching along with other resources.

Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: Universal Course Design

This Website has been designed by faculty for other faculty who are interested in building Universal Design Features into their course design.

San Francisco State University, The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development

Universal Design for Learning Online Training Module

Universal Design for Learning in Postsecondary Education

Reflections on principles and their applications.

Accessible Technology

Disability Studies

Albrecht, G.L., Seelman, K.D., Bury, M. (Eds.) (2001). Handbook of disability studies. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Longmore, P. K. (2003). Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Swain, J., French, S., & Cameron, C. (2005). Controversial Issues in a Disabling Society. New York: Open University Press.

For a more comprehensive list of Universal Design resources please visit the Association of Higher Education and Disability at