U.S. Department of Education-Funded Centers that Support UDL

New Leveraging Briefs Series on Attract, Prepare, Retain Available Now!

The new leverage briefs are the culmination of OSEP’s Attract, Prepare, Retain: Effective Personnel for All Initiative and highlight 13 leverage points covering strategies recognized by various stakeholders as essential to addressing critical shortages in the special education workforce.

These are projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Many are projects affiliated specifically with the Department’s Office of Special Education Programs’ Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network.

The ACCESS Project – Colorado State University
Web site:  http://accessproject.colostate.edu/

The ACCESS project offers information and resources about Universal Design for Learning (UDL).   The ACCESS project is a professional development initiative to infuse UDL philosophy, content, and instruction into faculty professional development at the postsecondary level.  The project provides information about UDL, a series of UDL modules, and a section on research being conducted at the university regarding the use of UDL in classes.

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Web site: http://www.cast.org/

The CAST Web site offers information related to Universal Design for Learning, including publications, products, and professional development resources.

The National Center on Universal Design for Learning
Web site: http://www.udlcenter.org/

Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information about UDL basics, advocacy, implementation, research, and connecting with the UDL community.

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)
Web site: http://aim.cast.org/

CAST operates two national centers to further develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).  The NIMAS guides the production and electronic distribution of digital versions of textbooks and other instructional materials so they can be more easily converted to accessible formats, including Braille and text-to-speech.


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