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Meeting the Needs of All Students

Universal Design for Learning 

CAST  is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. Now endorsed by federal policy and that of many states and districts, UDL informs all of our work in educational research and design, professional learning, workforce development, and publishing.

UDL at a Glance Video

CAST Online Lesson Planning: Accessible and Inclusive — designed for ALL from the start



Natasha Daniels Helps Kids with Heightened OCD Due to Coronavirus



Students with Disabilities

Special Education Resources

Autism Speaks

IXL: Support in all subjects (district-level, per student fees associated)

AAA Math: Support for Dyscalculia

Exploratorium: Support in science and reading

Adapted Mind: Support in math for 1st through 8th grades

Keeping High School Students with Learning Disabilities Motivated at Home, Edutopia

Gifted and Talented

GT Resources

PBLU - Project Based Learning: Buck Institute, Customizable project based lessons

PBLU - Project Design Rubric: Buck Institute, Ensures best practice in designing project based learning 

Project Based LearningThe K-12 Internet Resource Center, Tools for teaching and evaluating

MERLOT is your free and open library of free and open course content across all academic disciplines. In addition to its over 90,000 materials, it also simultaneously searches over 70 other free and open libraries as well as a dynamic, education-aligned searching of the web.

SkillsCommons is your free and open library of free and open workforce development and training resources funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. It is a national repository of workforce OER that supported over 700 community colleges creating enhancements and innovations in their workforce curriculum that is now OER available to you. Perfect for CTE oriented learning and training, offering simulations for science classes, supplementals, assessments, and more.



Accessibility Requirements For All Students Learning

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 


In addition, OCR published a fact sheet, Address the Risks of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students, for education leaders on how to protect students' civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure. These resources will assist education leaders in making distance learning accessible to students with disabilities and in preventing discrimination during this Administration-wide response effort.

National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind has also provided  guidance about responses to COVID-19 and not creating accessibility barriers for everyone learning.

CAST CAST is a nationally recognized organization that is helping K-12, higher ed, organizations and others move learning to online and at-home settings using best practices in accessible educational materials (AEM) and Universal Design for Learning.  CAST's UDL on Campus website provides a wealth of resources for higher education's efforts for accessible and UDL instruction.