The principles and guidlelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) should be applied to Federal website design. UDL will ensure that the broadest range of uses will be able to access and gain knowledge from Federal websites. Universal Design for Learning takes the concept of Universal Design one step further. In addition to focusing on physical accessibility (e.g. text to speech, accessible word or pdf documents) it also addresses cognitive accessibility to ensure that website users can understand and learn from the content on the website. UDL editions is a website that provides a clear example of UDL principles being applied to text for physical and cognitive accessibility. This joint venture between CAST and Google can be found at http://udleditions.cast.org/. Additional information about UDL can be found at www.udlcenter.org. UDL has been developed, in part, with grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
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