ASL Interpreter helping a student and professor communicate in class
Professor presenting a slideshow to his class
Guest speaker, Ken Petry, speaks at a past Access MU symposium to a large audience
The varsity hockey team glides across the ice with members of the Best Buddies Choir

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Accessible Design?

Accessible design is a design process in which the needs of people with disabilities are specifically considered. Accessibility sometimes refers to the characteristic that products, services, and facilities can be independently used by people with a variety of disabilities.

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles that provides teachers with a structure to develop instruction to meet the diverse needs of all learners. A research-based framework, UDL suggests that each student learns in a unique manner so a one-size-fits-all approach is not effective. By creating options for how instruction is presented, how students express their ideas, and how teachers can engage students in their learning, instruction can be customized and adjusted to meet individual student needs.

What is the connection between accessible design and UDL?

Most accessibility accommodations benefit all audiences and enhance content usability. Universal design for Learning (UDL) promotes instructional materials that are accessible to and usable by people with a wide variety of characteristics, including different types of disabilities. Universal design often eliminates or minimizes the need for assistive technologies. At the same time, instructional materials that are designed this way are compatible with common assistive hardware and software devices.