YOUDLE is derived from “You + Universal Design for Learning.” Our tools and subject-specific kits have been selected based on how they will enable you to bring Universal Design for Learning into your own home, classroom, and school.

What is Universal Design for Living?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that believes that all learners are unique in their learning styles and processes.

UDL focuses on adjusting the curriculum for the learner by using multiple approaches to meet the needs of diverse learners.

UDL is a framework for designing curriculum that enables all students to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning through flexible goals, methods, materials and assessment.

This approach is based on CAST’s (Center for Applied Special Technology) brain research demonstrating three critical networks to learning:

  • the recognition network, or the ‘what
  • the strategic network, or the ‘how
  • the affective network, or the ‘why


Based on the networks to learning, there are three corresponding UDL principles:

  1. Multiple means of representation: tapping into the recognition network; the ‘what
  2. Multiple means of expression: tapping into the affective network; the ‘why
  3. Multiple means of engagement: tapping into the strategic network; the ‘how

Principles of UDL

Defining the Principles of UDL:

1. Multiple means of representation: Educators can provide multiple representations of classroom materials. This allows learners to have flexible alternatives for acquiring knowledge.

  • Support background knowledge
  • Provide multiple examples
  • Use multi-mediaHighlight
  • critical learning features

2. Multiple means of expression: Educators should focus on stimulating the motivation, enthusiasm and engagement of students in learning by offering:

  • choices of content and tools
  • adjustable levels of challenge
  • choices of rewards
  • choices of learning context

3. Multiple means of engagement: Educators should focus on providing students with alternatives for expressing what has been learned. This might include drawing, making a video, performing a play, demonstrating with manipulatives or using computer tools. Educators should also focus on providing strategic learning supports in the curriculum for the planning, executing and monitoring of tasks.

  • Flexible models of skilled performance
  • Product and process prompts
  • Opportunities to practice with supports
  • Ongoing, relevant feedback
  • Flexible opportunities for demonstrating knowledge and skill

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