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Cindy & Tara

Dr. Cindy Feist and Dr. Tara Jeffs are assistive technology specialists for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia. They are passionate about exploring, learning, and integrating common and cutting edge assistive technologies and facilitating universal design for learning in pre-K through high school general and special education classrooms.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology (AT) : Making Learning Environments Accessible for All Students

Take a close look at your learning environment. Are there barriers that could possibly exist which prevent some students from learning? Common barriers found in the classroom may include:

  • Teaching pace
  • Teaching style
  • “One size fits all” mentality
  • Only one format of assessment
  • Learning materials presented in only one format
  • Focus is on student weaknesses rather than strengths
  • Learning activities provide only one option for engagement

Are you creating barriers or tearing them down? With the partnership of UDL and AT, students can access and actively participate in the learning process. Accessibility provides opportunities to learn.

Here are just a few ways to minimize barriers and maximize opportunities:

  • Provide multiple ways to represent or share information and learning materials
  • Provide multiple ways to engage students in learning
  • Provide multiple ways for students to express what they have learned
  • Provide assistive technologies to support students in reaching their potential

Can you think of other ways? Won’t you join us in discussing and sharing ideas and resources on Accessibility, Universal Design for Learning, and Assistive Technology that provide better opportunities for ALL students to learn?

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