Universal design sees diversity as a general basis and emphasizes the use of flexible goals, methods, materials and forms of evaluation to provide effective education for all students. Instead of approaching diversity as a side issue or only on a case-by-case basis, universal design focuses on designing education, products, environments and services that meet the needs of different students from the outset so that all students can participate and receive learning opportunities. By proactively meeting thresholds on the one hand and building in the greatest possible diversity on the other hand, ad hoc adjustments are less needed. Win win!
Guideline Universal Design: from policy to practice
With the guideline “Universal design: from policy to practice”, SIHO offers not only an overview of the what, how and why of universal design, its embedding in inclusive education, and the interaction with reasonable adjustments. The guideline also describes a framework for implementing universal design in practice. Chapter three consists of a structuring “advanced organizer” and offers more information about the 21 fact sheets that offer specific tips and tricks on how to apply universal design.
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Fact sheets universal design
The guide also provides specific and useful tips and tricks for teachers and service employees to implement universal design principles in practice, immediately and effectively. This is based on 21 fact sheets covering a selection of relevant topics regarding amongst other things didactics, communication, digital tools, physical learning environments and spatial accessibility within education and services.
Applying the tips & tricks from these fact sheets, and the ideas from the guideline, are a first step towards an inclusive higher education landscape where universal design is integrally embedded.