Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Introduction

At Arapahoe Community College, we are committed to accessibility for all and continue to work towards this goal through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) defines UDL as "a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that - (A) provides flexibility in the ways information is present, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and (B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient" (HEOA, P.L. 110-315, August 14, 2008). 

Universal Design for Learning's goal is to reach the largest number of students. This includes, but is not limited to, students with disabilities. Ten percent of the school-aged population has at least one learning disability (LDA, 2013). Watch this video to learn more about some of the different types of learning disabilities.

How do the principles of UDL help students everyday? Watch this video to find out what students at ACC think.

What makes ACC so diverse? Watch eLearning's Diversity Video. Read ACC's Diversity Statement below:

"We respect, understand, and embrace the differences and similarities among our students, staff, faculty and the community we proudly serve. As a community, ACC encourages the richness of diversity and values the dignity of all persons. We strive to foster an equal and positive learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of the people of Colorado and the nation."

The following guidelines will serve as best practices to help our instructors make their documents accessible to all our students.

Guidelines for Making Accessible Documents

Guidelines for Accessible D2L Documents (PDF)

Guidelines for Accessible WORD Documents (PDF)

Guidelines for Accessible POWERPOINT Documents (PDF)

Guidelines for Converting to an Accessible PDF Document (PDF)