UDL Implementation SIG

UDL-IRN Implementation SIG. Our shared path to an equitable future as global citizens.

This group is focused on gathering best practices for UDL implementation, identifying and reducing barriers that limit accessibility to training and resources that support successful implementation and increasing UDL visibility and territory worldwide. Our work will include the consideration of differences in learner variability with an emphasis on culture, language, and multiperspectivism. If you are interested in joining this SIG, please contact one of the leaders listed above.

The UDL-IRN Implementation SIG is committed to working towards:

  • Worldwide Accessibility: Identifying and Reducing Barriers to Training and Resources to UDL Implementation
  • Amplifying and Demystifying the UDL Implementation Drivers, Practice Profiles, and Reporting Criteria
  • Increasing UDL Visibility and Territory in the International Education Community


Our mission is to support the successful implementation and expansion of UDL in PK-12 schools, community learning, and workplaces worldwide.


Universal Design for Learning: Our shared path to an equitable future as global citizens

  • Supporting the process
  • Changing perspectives
  • Connecting worldwide


  • Advocacy
  • Generosity
  • Optimism 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at isig@cast.org.

"Online-Live" Blended Learning Higher Education UDL Course for Pre-Service Teachers

Wednesday, August 23, at 2pm ET

At this Pop-Up Session, Rich Powers will talk about and show us the async Moodle modules he uses with pre-service students at Stuttgart University, sharing his OER syllabus.  The 13-week course is titled “Universal Design for Learning and Accessible/Barrier-Free Course Content in Online Courses.” Rich is a recent recipient of Stuttgart University’s Teaching Award

Upcoming Meetings

Friday, September 15th, 2023 @ 2PM EST

We will be focusing on:

  • Multiple Means of Representation
  • Languages and Symbols + Implementation Science:
    Adapting to Context
  • Illustrating through Multiple Means Strategy Share
  • Provide options for Language & Symbols
    (2) Clarify vocabulary and symbols
    (2.1) Clarify syntax and structure
    (2.2) Support decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols
    (2.3) Promote understanding across languages
    (2.4) Illustrate through multiple media 

Join the Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 882 9266 5201
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Cherie Smith

photograph of Cherie Smith smiling wearing an olive green blouse

Cherie currently serves as a regional consultant for State Support Team 6 in Ohio. Cherie has “real world” experience utilizing Implementation Science expertise to coach school districts and leaders through the implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She also has extensive experience providing target support to districts in the areas of continuous improvement that focus on analyzing the effectiveness of district practices through the lens of both adult and student data analysis by leveraging tools, knowledge, and practices informed by Implementation Science.

Elizabeth Stark

Beth Stark is an Educational Consultant specializing in UDL Implementation and Inclusionary Practices for International Schools. Her passion for reducing barriers through systematic design and centering accessibility began during her years as a teacher for learners who are Blind and Visually Impaired. Beth serves as the Co-Chairperson of the UDL-IRN Implementation Special Interest Group and is an active member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. As a Consultant, Beth partners with International Schools around the world in building awareness, readiness, and capacity for the successful implementation of Universal Design for Learning, developing thoughtful technology solutions to increase access and agency, and creating robust systems of support for all learners.