Weekly Updates in UDL

Weekly Updates in UDL, May 18th, 2022

This week, see a new infographic from The UDL Approach to explore what drives and aligns with the UDL framework. Purchase your copy of the newly released UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning by Katie Novak. You can also apply for a new User Experience Design position with CAST. Finally, celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by donating to the Joy Zabala Fellowship Fund. Stay healthy and safe!

UDL Spotlight

What is UDL? Seeing the Full Tapestry

Across the world, educators and leaders are choosing to adopt Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to create learning experiences that empower all learners. Because UDL in such a dynamic framework and can have such a dramatic impact on everything from lesson planning to systems change, teachers, other educational leaders, researchers, and policymakers need to have a sense of UDL’s depth and breath. Using the analogy of a tapestry, this infographic from The UDL Approach introduces what drives the framework, what aligns with the framework, and the organization of the UDL Guidelines.

UDL Book Release

UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning

The newly revised third edition of UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning by Katie Novak, with a foreword by George Couros, is now available! Get your copy now.

Job Posting

User Experience Design Lead for Learning Designed

CAST is developing credentials and certifications to help qualify competence in and alignment with UDL best practices. These credentials and certifications along with a growing body of UDL resources are available on a system called Learning Designed, enabling educators across the globe to learn more about UDL and voluntarily demonstrate their competence. CAST is hiring a User Experience (UX) Design Lead to oversee the user experience and user interface definition and design for the Learning Designed platform. Learn more and apply.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Honoring Joy Zabala on Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Tomorrow is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! As you may remember, last year we lost a dear colleague and fierce advocate for students with disabilities. The Joy Zabala Fellowship in Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials celebrates the life and work of Joy Smiley Zabala, EdD. The fellowship is designed to expand and guide the provision of services around assistive technology and accessible educational materials through a mentorship program for early-career professionals paired with seasoned mentors.

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’re inviting you to make a gift to the Joy Zabala Fellowship Fund. Every dollar helps propel this important work forward and honors the legacy of our dear colleague and friend.

Thank you for considering and may you have a joy-full day celebrating accessibility awareness.