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About Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

UDL at a Glance

Find out how the UDL framework guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs.

UDL to Change the World

CAST created the Universal Design for Learning framework, and it remains one of our core levers of change to help make learning inclusive and transformative for everyone.

Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.

Visit the UDL Guidelines

Illustration of the brain with the affective networks (the WHY of learning) at the center of the brain highlighted in green


For purposeful, motivated learners, stimulate interest and motivation for learning.

Explore Engagement

Illustration of the brain with the recognition networks (the WHAT of learning) at the back of the brain highlighted in purple


For resourceful, knowledgeable learners, present information and content in different ways.

Explore Representation

Illustration of the brain with the strategic networks (the HOW of learning) at the front of the brain highlighted in blue

Action & Expression

For strategic, goal-directed learners, differentiate the ways that students can express what they know.

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