NGDLE Discussion: Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

Wednesday, April 27 | 3:50PM–4:20PM
Session Type: Professional Development
The next-generation learning environment must be one that is inclusive and works for all learners and instructors. This means that we need to move beyond remediating course content to render it accessible. According to Ron Mace, founder of the Center for Universal Design, universal design aspires to create designs that are "usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." What does it mean to work toward implementing universal design in our learning environments? What adjustments do we need to make to our design efforts to realize the goal of usability by all? Our expert facilitators for this segment will explore what this means and discuss other issues associated with accessibility and universal design within the framework of learning environments. By participating, attendees will understand how universal design for learning can contribute to a learning environment that works for everyone and learn how accessibility practices can evolve within the context of next-generation learning environments.


  • Susan Cullen

    Director Universal Design and ICT accessibility, Tech For All, Inc.
  • Sam Johnston

    Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Development, CAST, Inc.
  • Ken Petri

    Web Accessibility Center Director, Ohio State University

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