Providing inclusive instruction that supports access and equity for all learners, including those with disabilities, presents challenges for educators worldwide. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) educational framework guides the development of flexible environments that benefit all students, including those with learning differences. To support the use of UDL principles, Reading within Reach (REACH) and the Global Reading Network (GRN) produced a toolkit in 2018 titled Universal Design for Learning to Help All Children Read: Promoting Literacy for Learners with Disabilities, authored by Anne Hayes, Norma Moran and Ann Turnbull.
On August 22 and 23, REACH and GRN will host a Universal Design for Learning toolkit in-person training. The event, which will be held at the offices of University Research Co., LLC in Chevy Chase, Maryland, will spotlight approaches and lessons learned from inclusive education programming featuring the use of UDL principles, as well as the recent research conducted by REACH related to UDL and Information and Communication Technology for Education (ICT4E) to improve literacy for students with disabilities. Watch for registration information soon.