Universal Design for Learning

Jung Cannady

Sherry Golembeski

Lessie Molz

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.

Recognition Network

-the "what" part of the brain

-identifies, categorizes, and gathers facts

Strategic Network

-the "how" part of the brain

-organize and express ideas

-planning and performance

Affective Network

-the "why" part of the brain

-attaches emotional significance to objects and actions

UDL can be used to reach struggling students:




-sensory disabilities

Customized learning

-knowledge acquisition








Learners cannot be reduced to simple categories such as "disabled" or "bright." They differ within and across all three brain networks, showing shades of strength and weakness that make each of them unique.