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    Screenshot of a read aloud toolbar in a digital reading tool. It includes a play button, a stop button, and a rate of speech control.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    The ability to have text read aloud is an important access point for many learners and a helpful support to others. The feature gives those with challenges seeing or decoding text access to rigorous academic content.

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    Two images of the same article within the CISL reader environment are shown side-by-side. The article in the image on the right has letters that are more spaced out from one another, compared to the article in the left image. Above the two images a line of text reads “More or less space between letters?” with two arrows, one pointing to each image.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    The option to adjust the spacing between letters and words is an option that makes documents accessible for all. Do you prefer reading text with the letters spaced more closely together or further apart?

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    Two images of the same article within the CISL reader environment are shown side-by-side. The article in the image on the right has more space between lines of text, compared to the article in the left image. Above the two images a line of text reads “More or less space between lines?” with two arrows, one pointing to each image.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Options to adjust line spacing can impact the accessibility of text and the level of engagement a reader has with the text. Readers value choosing to have the lines of text closer together or further apart.

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    Screenshot of a popup window in Clusive asking students of their thoughts on the reading and how it made them feel.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Applications and tools that capture and display learner affect, such as a mood meter, support students in identifying, assessing, and reflecting on their emotional state when engaging in readings or other learning activities.

  • Photo of David Rose

    CAST's Co-Founder & Chief Education Officer, Emeritus

    David Rose is a neuropsychologist and educator who is best known for his central role in developing the field of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and in articulating the principles and practices of UDL that have been adopted widely throughout the world.

  • Photo of Dr. Tom Hehir

    Friday, June 24, 2022

    With deep heartache, we grieve the loss of our longtime friend, mentor, and collaborator Dr. Tom Hehir. CAST is deeply honored to have been one of the many organizations inspired and impacted by Tom’s work.

  • Background of a crack in concrete along with images of David Rose, the UDL Guidelines icon, and other vintage school-related items

    Monday, November 15, 2021

    Are there cracks in the foundation of the UDL Guidelines? CAST Co-Founder David Rose says there are in a highly personal, confessional, and reflective new essay.

  • Learning Designed logo with learning icons connected with dotted lines

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    CAST supports New Hampshire educators through Learning Designed.

  • Screenshot of the 2020-2021 NH UDL Innovation Network application

    Monday, July 6, 2020

    Are you an educator working in a New Hampshire school? Applications for the New Hampshire UDL Innovation Network 2020-2021 school year are due August 1, 2020!

  • Get involved. #UDLrising | UDL Guidelines icon

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Collaborate with us to update the UDL Guidelines, a research-based tool for designing and implementing inclusive learning environments.

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