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.
The National Federation of the Blind has also provided guidance about responses to COVID-19 and not creating accessibility barriers for everyone learning.
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.
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.
CAST Online Lesson Planning: Accessible and inclusive — designed for ALL from the start.
- Key Questions to Consider When Planning
These essential questions, when used during lesson planning, can help keep your focus on designing for the wide range of learners you encounter.
- Composing Our World: Integrating UDL with Project-Based Learning for 9th Grade ELA
Though focused on English Language Arts, the principles presented in this tutorial can apply to any lesson design.
- Top 10 UDL Tips for Developing Learning Goals
Clear learning goals are even more important when planning for remote learning. Learn how to develop your learning goals to maintain high expectations for all.
- Top 10 UDL Tips for Assessment
Your assessments should directly relate to your learning goals. Learn how to design and deliver high-quality assessments that can help inform your instruction.
- UDL in the Cloud: A Conversation with the Authors
Learn how to design for remote learning through a UDL lens in this webinar with Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau, authors of UDL in the Cloud: How to Design and Deliver Online Education Using Universal Design for Learning.