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Making Learning Accessible to All:Understanding Universal Design for Learning

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

"Creating an irresistible invitation to learn" Gina Davies

In a world where every learner is unique, it's imperative to create learning environments that embrace neurodiversity and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). In this blog post, I will explore the concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and share tips to ensure that learning remains accessible and inclusive for all learners.

I will share details of some of my upcoming events, conferences and collaborations. As well as giving you some links to the brilliant Wakelet of resources I create for professionals and families I work with!

Understanding Neurodiversity and SEND

Neurodiversity encompasses a rich tapestry of neurological differences, including Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and more. SEND represents a diverse spectrum of needs that learners may have. It's essential to understand and acknowledge these differences as natural variations of the human experience. This understanding forms the bedrock of our journey toward inclusive education.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a powerful framework that recognises that learners differ significantly in how they learn and that learning environments should be designed to accommodate this diversity. UDL focuses on three key principles that must form the bedrock of our curriculum design, structures and learning environments:

Multiple Means of Engagement: Absolutely KEY!

Create opportunities for engagement by offering choices, providing relevance, and tapping into students' interests and passions. Engagement is the cornerstone of effective learning.

Multiple Means of Representation: Present information and content in various ways, such as text, audio, visuals, and interactive media. This ensures that children can access information using their preferred mode of learning.

Multiple Means of Expression: Allow students to demonstrate their understanding in diverse ways, including written assignments, oral presentations, and creative projects. This accommodates different strengths and learning styles.

Offering a variety of ways into communication is key - this link contains some brilliant overviews around communication.

Here is one of my Wakelets of resources that I share with families and professionals (just click on the link and scroll down, no need to make an account). They are full of useful stuff!

Join one of my upcoming training sessions to find out more or book me to support your organisation.

Collaborate and communicate with everyone

Finding ways to keep communication open, especially between parents/carers and educators is essential. I have seen some brilliant opportunities to network and gain support through sharing our stories, here are a few links to look at.

This coffee morning may be of interest to some of you with the wonderful Teach us Too-

Free training available for parents and carers here too

Join this community for online coffee and information events

Stay updated on the latest research, therapies, and educational strategies related to neurodiversity and SEND. Knowledge is power, and staying informed ensures you can make informed decisions. There some incredible resources available here from the wonderful Pooky Knightsmith that are accessible to all!

Take a look at one of my new collaborations

Unlocking Literacy for All: From Sensory Engagement to Literacy Development

Join us for a captivating online event dedicated to unlocking literacy for all individuals. Designed to empower learners of all ages and abilities, this event will delve into the fascinating world of sensory engagement and its impact on literacy development.

Discover innovative strategies, practical tips, and inspiring stories from renowned experts and educators in the field. From interactive examples to thought-provoking discussions, this event promises to provide valuable insights and tools to enhance literacy skills.

Whether you're a teacher, parent, or simply passionate about literacy, this event offers a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and gain new perspectives.

Mark your calendar for Part 1 on Wednesday, November 17th, 2023, starting at 10:00 GMT and Friday, December 8th, 2023, starting at 10:00 GMT. Don't miss out on this enriching online experience that will transform the way you approach literacy development.

NO NEED FOR THE CODE until 21st October book one place on each course and get two!

Check out other training I can offer online and in person, bespoke to your needs as well as my previous blogs.

Pre-recorded sessions coming soon! Watch this space.......

Find me here and other places too!

Dont forget to check out my book and have a wonderful week!

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