Founding of UDL-IRN
After working on various state, district, school and classroom level UDL implementation and research projects James (Jamie) Basham and Jeff Diedrich wanted to advance understanding and practice of UDL across education. In August 2010, Jamie and Jeff had the idea to bring roughly 20 individuals together for a meeting to discuss UDL implementation and research. In October of 2010, a representative group that included educators, researchers, education leadership and developers came together to discuss the topic. The UDL-IRN was formed based on the outcomes of that meeting.
In 2015, the UDL-IRN became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The mission of the UDL-IRN is to support the design of equitable, beneficial and meaningful learning environments for all learners. The focus of our work is to support the purposeful integration of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and iterative design-based thinking to support the learner variability that exists in all learning environments. As a mission driven organization we are focused on the following activities:
Identification and dissemination of models of best practice.
Identification and dissemination of effective implementation tools.
Supporting and expanding of the implementation research base.
Fostering high-quality personnel preparation and professional development.
Promoting increased networking and collaboration across educational stakeholders.