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An Introduction to Universal Design in Higher Education

This presentation by Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, to a group of faculty at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse includes an overview of Universal Design in Higher Education (UDE). This is the first video in a series of 4 and coverse the current system of individual accommodations and the A3 Model, a theoretical model of how campuses serve the needs of students with disabilities. The question, “Why universal design in education?” is answered with historical context and perspectives from current research.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

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Posted by: MNVRSAT on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 11:47 a.m.

A great presentation covering what we have learned in Design and Disability at UWM.

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Posted by: gmkazadi on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 2:09 a.m.

The presentations are very informative

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Posted by: hghaver on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.

This resource is extremely helpful in identifying why Universal Design is necessary in higher education.

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Posted by: klwolber on Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 11:41 a.m.

I found this to be a very interesting introduction to Universal Design in higher education. This resource gives a lot of good, strong information.

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Posted by: Greta on Thu Apr 18, 2024 at 4:07 p.m.

This resource is extremely interesting to understanding Universal Design and how it looks in higher education.

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