What is Universal Design?
Universal design is an approach to designing environments and products
so that the greatest number of people can use them without the need for
adapting. When used in early childhood settings, universal design
applies to planning the curriculum, teaching practices and materials in
the same way so that the widest range of learners can participate.
Questions to Consider in UDL Observations
of Early Childhood Environments (2007)
Increase Access: Universal Design in Early Care and
Education (PDF) (2007) developed by the University of Maine Center for
Community Inclusion & Disability Studies (CCIDS)
Letís Play Project: Universal Design
Learning Ideas: Universal Design in Pre-K and Early Elementary
Classrooms (PDF) (2008) developed by the Maine CITE Coordinating
Center, University College and the University of Maine Center for
Community Inclusion & Disability Studies.
NAEYC Beyond the Journal article:
The Universal Design of Early
Education: Moving Forward for All Children (2006).
NAEYC Teaching Young Children photo
Take a look! Visual supports for learning. (PDF) (2011). Authors
Blagojevic, Logue, Bennett-Armistead, Taylor and Neal define visual
supports and show how they help all children to understand rules and
expectations, engage in daily routines, navigate transitions,
communicate thoughts, feelings and needs, and increase independence
in child care routines and activities.
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