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Universal Access Through Inclusive Instructional Design
International Perspectives on UDL

ISBN 9781138351080
Published September 18, 2019 by Routledge
404 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

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Universal Access Through Inclusive Instructional Design explores the ways that educators around the world reduce barriers for students with disabilities and other challenges by planning and implementing accessible, equitable, high-quality curricula. Incorporating key frameworks such as Universal Design for Learning, these dynamic contributions highlight essential supports for flexibility in student engagement, representation of content, and learner action and expression. This comprehensive resource—rich with coverage of foundations, policies, technology applications, accessibility challenges, case studies, and more—leads the way to design and delivery of instruction that meets the needs of learners in varying contexts, from early childhood through adulthood.

Table of Contents


David Rose


Susie L. Gronseth and Elizabeth M. Dalton


Section 1

Foundations of Universal Design for Learning, Accessibility, and Curricular Quality

  1. UDL and Connected Laws, Theories, and Frameworks
    Elizabeth M. Dalton
  2. Conceptual Frameworks for Design and Accessibility: The Design of an Online Learning System
    Nantanoot Suwannawut
  3. Snapshot - Intersections of Race, Disability, Class, and Gender in Special/Inclusive Education: The Case of Sweden
    Girma Berhanu
  4. Snapshot - Proactive Design to Ensure Accessibility
    Lesley Casarez, David Hooks, Gina Shipley, and Dallas Swafford

    Section 2

    Policies and Structures for Reducing Learning Barriers

  6. The Prospects of Universal Design for Learning in South Africa to Facilitate the Inclusion of All Learners
    Marcia Lyner-Cleophas
  7. The Global UDL Virtual Classroom: A Model for International Collaboration and Learning
    Frances Smith and Serra De Arment
  8. Decaffeinated UDL: Chile in Quest of Inclusive Education
    Boris Alvarez, Paola Andrea Vergara, and Irma Iglesias
  9. Universal Design for Learning in China
    Haoyue Zhang and George Zhao
  10. Snapshot - Reducing Learning Barriers Through the Use of FACE Program
    Radhike Khanna and Elizabeth M. Dalton
  11. Snapshot - A District’s Journey to Measure Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
    Katie Novak and Laura Chesson

    Section 3
    Inclusive Classroom Design and Instructional Strategies

  13. Access to the Curriculum for Students with Disabilities; Moving Closer to the Promise of UDL in Inclusive U.S. Classrooms
    Rita Brusca-Vega and Anastasia Trekles
  14. Balancing Requirements, Options and Choice in UDL: Smorgasbord or Nutritious Diet?
    Britt Tatman Ferguson
  15. UDL Practices in India: Paving a Path from Equality to Equity in Learning
    Aashna Khurana
  16. UDL-Inspired Pedagogical Practices and a Case Study in Regular Japanese Classes
    Kiyoji Koreeda
  17. No-Tech Solutions for Utilizing the UDL Framework in the Inclusive Mathematics Classroom
    Marla J. Lohmann, Ruby L. Owiny, Kathleen A. Boothe
  18. Snapshot - Science for All Through UDL: Using UDL as a Framework for Science Education for the English Learner
    Heather Pacheco-Guffrey, Jeanne Carey Ingle
  19. Snapshot - Reconstructing Asynchronous Online Learning with UDL
    Kathryn Nieves

    Section 4
    Technology Innovations for Inclusive Learning

  21. SAMR Strategies for the Integration of Technology Through UDL
    Debra K. Bauder, Katherine M. Cooper, and Thomas J. Simmons
  22. Engagement, Representation, and Expression in Online Mind Mapping Activities
    Rosa Cendros Araujo and George Gadanidis
  23. Handcrafted Customized Content and School Activities with Newly Developed Technologies
    Shigeru Ikuta and Yumi Hisatsune
  24. Connecting the World in a Disconnected Classroom
    Vivian B. Intatano
  25. Snapshot - Wearable Assistive Technology: An Illuminated Glove Project with Conductive Thread and LilyPad Technology
    Cindy L. Anderson and Kevin M. Anderson
  26. Snapshot - Aquatic Adventures: Deep Dive Investigation of UDL Through a Pond Keepers Project
    Juliet Boone
  27. Section 5
    Issues in the Design of Accessible Instructional Materials

  28. Universal Access in Online Distance Education: A Case Study from the Philippines
    Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria
  29. Applying UDL Principles in an Inclusive Design Project Based on MOOCs Reviews
    Francisco Iniesto, Covadonga Rodrigo, and Garron Hillaire
  30. General Accessibility Guidelines for Online Course Content Creation
    Kathleen Bastedo and Nancy Swenson
  31. Snapshot - Creating UDL Learning and Teaching Strategies to Address the Underrepresentation of Present-Day Indigenous Perspectives
    Kerry Armstrong, Brenda Boreham, and Terri Mack
  32. Snapshot - Using the YouTube Automated Captioning Tool for Video Lectures
    Sandra A. Rogers
  33. Snapshot - A Fully Mobile Professional Development Course for Teachers in Israel
    Shir Boim Shwartz and Eran Adi Cioban
  34. Examining the Integration of Digital and Multimodal Resources in Online Courses Using a Universal Design Framework
    Peggy Semingson and Kathryn Pole

    Section 6
    Current Research and Evaluation in Inclusive Learning Around the World

  36. The Intersection of Chinese Philosophical Traditions and UDL: Exploring Current Practice in Chinese Early Childhood Classrooms
    Janet Arndt and Nili Luo
  37. Promoting Inclusion Education and Intercultural Competence in an Ecuadorian International Service Learning Project-based Course
    Maria DeFreece Lawrence
  38. Designing an Online Graduate Orientation Program: Informed by UDL and Studied by Design-Based Research
    Jennifer Lock, Carol Johnson, Jane Hanson, Yang Liu, and Alicia Adlington
  39. Developing Inclusive Education in Ireland: The Case for UDL in Initial Teacher Education
    Ellen Reynor
  40. Snapshot - Understanding How UDL Can Serve as a Framework for Instructional Decisions
    Lisa Harris and Lindsay Yearta
  41. Snapshot - Importance of Classroom Atmosphere in Elementary Schools to Improve the Inclusive Education System in Japan
    Honami Okabe and Masayoshi Tsuge
  42. Section 7
    Inclusive Instructional Design Cases

  43. Innovative Approach: Using Legos in a Hands-on Activity to Teach Educators the Foundations of UDL
    Amir Bar and Betty Shrieber
  44. Spreading the Word about Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning: A Model for Professional Teacher Learning
    Jennifer Edge-Savage and Mike Marotta
  45. Universal Design for Learning in Augmented and Virtual Reality Trainings
    Katharina Menke, Jennifer Beckmann, and Peter Weber
  46. Raising the Bar with UDL: A Case for Change
    Leanne Woodley
  47. Snapshot - Designing for Open Educational Environments: Balancing Access, Equity, and Engagement
    Elizabeth Childs and Jo Axe
  48. Snapshot - Support for Students with Developmental Disabilities in a Regular Elementary School Class in Japan
    Shintaro Nagayama and Masayoshi Tsuge
  49. Section 8
    Future Directions

  50. The Potential Evolution of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Through the Lens of Technology Innovation
    David Banes and Kirk Behnke
  51. Universal Design for Learning and the Landfill of Revolutionary Educational Innovations
    Dave L. Edyburn
  52. Snapshot - The Precarious Promise of Emergent Tech and Universal Design for Learning: A Pivotal Point
    Susan Molnar
  53. Snapshot - A Vision for Pre-Service and In-Service Learner-Centered Teaching Through the Arts
    Susan Trostle Brand and Laurie J. DeRosa
  54. Epilogue: Learning from Diverse Perspectives on Inclusive Instructional Design and Next Steps
    Susie L. Gronseth

Author Biographies


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Susie L. Gronseth is Clinical Associate Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education at the University of Houston, USA.

Elizabeth M. Dalton is Adjunct Professor of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island, USA, Senior Consultant for Dalton Educational Services International (DESI), and Director Emeritus of Development and Research at TechACCESS of RI, a statewide assistive technology center in Rhode Island, USA.


"These chapters’ authors come from many countries and fields as well as diverse academic positions. This wide variety of articles is generative and helpful for several reasons. First, the eight themed sections that address topics like inclusive design, design cases, and future directions make the book accessible to multiple audiences as well as offers great reading options for practitioners, students, and faculty working in related areas like instructional or curriculum design, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. [...]It also offers a standard against which to compare existing accessibility  guidelines for online learning programs and Centers for Teaching and Learning."

-Gregory Zobel, Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Western Oregon University, Volume 67, Number 2, May 2020  Technical Communication Book Reviews : Teaching and Learning.