Fall Seminar: “Beyond Curb Cuts: Universal Design for Learning”

“With the diversity in the world today, it is more crucial than ever that we incorporate universal design into our environments. Through the implementation of universal design for learning we can benefit all learners for their entire educational experience, including individuals with disabilities. What is universal design for learning? How can we benefit all learners? Where does accessibility come in? Join us in the discussion.” — by Deb Castiglione (UDL seminar presenter)

Join us in person or online for our Fall Seminar series on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00p ET to learn more about “Beyond Curb Cuts: Universal Design for Learning.” Learn more from experts Deb Castiglione, EdD, ATP,  and Melinda Jones Ault, Ph.D. The seminar will be held at the Human Development Institute Training Room on the UK Coldstream Research Campus. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants.

Click here to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact walt.bower@uky.edu.


Deb Castiglione, EdD, ATP. Dr. Castiglione is the Universal Design and Instructional Technology Specialist in the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Castiglione has over 20 years of professional experience educating individuals of all ages, both with and without disabilities. She has developed and delivered instruction in assistive technology, instructional technology, and universal design for learning.

Melinda Jones Ault, Ph.D. Dr. Ault is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Ault has worked with learners with disabilities for over 30 years. She has taught classes in universal design for learning to both general and special education majors. She has presented and published on ways to use technology to actively include all learners in instruction in classroom settings.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has come to education from the field of architecture. UDL goes beyond curb cuts and applies universal design to educational environments. The UDL framework guides the development and implementation of educational practices in ways that are flexible so as to meet the needs of all learners. The adoption of UDL in early intervention, K-12 settings, and now in higher education is timely given the diversity of learners in classrooms today and the diversity of delivery formats including face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid modes. Learn how you can integrate UDL in multiple ways into your educational practice to meet the needs of the majority of learners from the outset of instruction, including those with identified disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the importance of UDL in addressing diversity.
  2. Express how UDL can meet the needs of individual learners.
  3. Identify strategies to remove barriers to learning for all learners.
  4. Identify ideas for incorporating UDL into the development and implementation of instruction to make it more inclusionary.

CEU’s are approved in Effective Instructional Leadership. CEU’s are approved in Rehabilitation Counseling and are in conjunction with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.