The concept of ‘universal design for learning’ is relatively new in education although it has mature roots in other fields. The application of universal design to education has the same general purpose as in other fields: to create environments that are designed, from the outset, to be open and accessible to all. However, the additional demands of learning environments require the compilation of evidence-based guidelines that are focused on teaching and learning rather than information. In this article those guidelines are summarized along with the current status of their research and application.
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