How can universal design be applied in educational settings?

DO-IT Factsheet #334

Originally applied in the field of architecture and later to information technology, applications of universal design in education (UDE) are relatively new. UDE provides a philosophical framework for the design of a broad range of educational products and environments. These include:

Experts working with the Center for Universal Design [1] established seven principles for the universal design of any product or environment. Listed below are the seven principles of universal design, each matched with a guideline and an example of its application to an educational product or environment.

These examples and further explanations about how universal design can be applied in educational products and environments can be found in the DO-IT publication Universal Design in Education: Principles and Applications [2].

For more information on universal design, explore The Center for Universal Design in Education [3].