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  • Jose Blackorby

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    CAST today announced the appointment of Jose Blackorby, PhD, as Senior Director of Research and Development. In this capacity, Dr. Blackorby will lead CAST’s research, project development, and technical assistance efforts. He will also open a West Coast office in the Bay Area.

  • Photo of Richard Jackson

    Senior Research Scientist

    Richard Jackson assists in the development of CAST's universally designed technology to meet the needs of individuals with visual disabilities.

  • Photo of David Rose

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    CAST Co-Founder David Rose will receive the J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award at CEC 2017.

  • Cover of School Administrator Magazine

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    The November 2015 issue of School Administrator a magazine that circulates to more than 13,000 school and district leaders, features a package of stories about universal design for learning (UDL) and highlights CAST's free resources for schools.

  • Progress meter, exceeding our goal at 125%

    Monday, March 19, 2018

    CAST is thrilled to announce that we have reached and exceeded our Phase I goal for the Founders' Fund for Innovation!

  • #NHUDL: 2018 by the Numbers

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Learn about the work CAST is pioneering with the New Hampshire Department of Education in the newly released Year One report.

  • Screenshot of the COLSD web site home page

    2012–2016

    CAST, the University of Kansas’s Center for Research on Learning, and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education have partnered on a five-year initiative to research how online learning can be made more accessible, engaging, and effective for K-12 learners with disabilities.

  • Science Notebook tool screenshots

    2015–2020

    Science Notebook in a Universal Design for Learning Environment (SNUDLE) is a digital solution to support the active science learning of elementary school students, including those who have difficulty reading and writing or are otherwise unmotivated for science learning. UDL is leveraged as the design framework so that construct-irrelevant barriers to science learning are actively lowered through the provision of support, and just-in-time scaffolding is provided to support the process of active science learning and, specifically, the effective use of science notebooks. This current Goal 3 project is a replication study that builds on the positive outcomes from a prior efficacy trial.

  • The CISL software suite includes authoring of OERs, a reader/player to access OERS, and a discovery tool connected to a personalize-able global preferences database.

    2018–2022

    CAST, along with partners from SRI International and the Inclusive Design Research Centre, will be exploring and creating tools to ensure that K-12 students with disabilities get engaging, high-quality accessible digital learning materials, especially open education resources (OERs). The products and resources developed by CISL will enable teachers to customize instruction for the diverse needs of students with disabilities.

  • Photo of Linda Butler

    Research & Development Operations Manager

    Linda Butler participates in and coordinates Agile development and design research of technology-based, universally designed learning environments. She also participates in content development, XML authoring, and media development at CAST...