Universal Design of Instruction : A Win-Win Situation!




Nguyen, Mai
Havel, Alice
Fichten, Catherine S.
Barile, Maria

The concept of universal accessibility, which originated in the field of architecture, assumes it is possible to design products and environments that are accessible to everyone. It was this concept, for example, that led to the design of flush landings for sidewalks at intersections—a feature that helps, not only individuals who use a wheelchair, but also anyone pushing a baby stroller or transporting items on a dolly. This article introduces the nine principles of universal accessibility in education, as well as examples of how they can be implemented. By adopting this approach, we ensure that all students develop to their full potential, even if they are disabled.

The AQPC acknowledges the financial support, in 2014-2015, of the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage, Canada Periodical Fund, Business Innovation component.

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