About CAST


Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. 

The CAST team includes about 40 talented employees, including world-class educators, learning scientists, instructional designers, literacy experts, policy analysts, UX and graphic designers, computer programmers, and a first-rate administrative and executive staff. 

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Our Mission and Vision

CAST works to increase opportunities to learn for all individuals. Today we pursue this mission through the scientific research, development, and dissemination of educational approaches based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). 

Our motto? Until learning has no limits. CAST pledges to work tirelessly to understand the full extent of human learner variability and to find transformative approaches that make education more effective for all.

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CAST's History

Since its founding in 1984, CAST has seeded and grown the field of Universal Design for Learning through creative research and development, strategic partnerships, teacher preparation and support, and international outreach.


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Our People

CAST's greatest strength is its staff, which includes creative researchers, technologists, professional-learning, design experts, skilled administrators, and much more. Our people share a passion for busting barriers to learning wherever they exist.

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