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UDL-IRN Summit On Demand

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Buy access to the 2022 UDL-IRN International Summit at the very low price of $100! These Super Early Bird Tickets are only available until December 1st, so be sure to get yours soon. Pre-conference sessions will be sold separately.

Get your tickets now

Are there cracks in the foundation of the UDL Guidelines?

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As part of UDL Rising to Equity, CAST is excited to announce a new essay by CAST Co-Founder David Rose with contributions and review by Jenna W. Gravel and Nicole Tucker-Smith.

“Cracks in the Foundation: Personal Reflections on the Past and Future of the UDL Guidelines” can be downloaded from the CAST website and is also available on the UDL Center blog where you can offer comments and join the conversation.

Access the essay & blog posts

Save the Date

The 8th Annual CAST UDL Symposium, Wednesday, July 27 to Friday, July 29, 2022 online and on-demand

Mark your calendar for the 8th Annual CAST UDL Symposium to be held online and on-demand, July 27 – 29, 2022. The Symposium is an opportunity to go beyond the basics of Universal Design for Learning and explore the intersections between UDL and larger topics in the field of education. Past Symposia have explored learner engagement, building a UDL community, social justice, learner empowerment, designing for equity, and designing for the future.

Learn more about our Symposium

Collaborate with us on Corgi!

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Corgi takes what’s already great about graphic organizers and infuses the principles of UDL to make them even more flexible and accessible. Marking the next generation of graphic organizers, Corgi helps middle school students co-organize their learning in a digital, Google App environment.

We’re looking for middle school science teachers and students to partner with us and help us make Corgi even better.  Visit the Corgi page on the CAST site to learn more about the tool and sign up if you’re interested in collaborating with us!

Learn more & sign up to help

Coming soon: Our first children’s book!

Cover of CAST's new book Elli: A Day in the Life of a Kid with ADHD

Elli: A Day in the Life of a Kid with ADHD, published by CAST in partnership with David Berman Communications, follows a real 9-year-old boy through a typical day. Here’s how he describes it: “Hi there! My name is Elli and this book is about me! I’m 9 years old and I have ADHD. It can be hard having ADHD. Sometimes adults get angry at me when I’m not listening or when I have trouble with sitting still and concentrating. But I’m very talented and fun! In this book I want to explain what it’s like having ADHD, the bad and the good. Maybe another kid can read this book and realize that many others have ADHD, and even though it can be difficult you can still accomplish a lot of cool things...Especially if you understand your ADHD better! My friend Ari [author and illustrator Ari H.B. Yates] wrote this book after interviewing me, my mom, and my dad. But I helped decide which parts went into the book. … I also got to draw in the book! I ‘m very good at drawing, you see. If you pay attention, I’m sure you can find out which drawings are mine. Happy reading!”

Learn more about the book

New Free UDL Modules

TIES Center

CAST and the TIES Center are thrilled to introduce free asynchronous UDL modules developed with Lake Washington School District. These UDL modules offer busy educators the knowledge and tools to design inclusive education for all learners—especially those with significant cognitive disabilities. Don’t miss the embedded coaching guide to help build capacity in your setting. We hope you find these innovative resources helpful in moving inclusive education forward.

Start exploring

Turn learning barriers into learning opportunities

The Accessible Learning Experience

CAST is joining the podcast revolution with the release of a new podcast, The Accessible Learning Experience. Produced by the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) at CAST, each half-hour episode features interviews with national, state, and local leaders who share top tips and strategies for implementing accessibility best practices. Season one starts with a three-part interview with CAST co-founders David Rose and Skip Stahl as they reflect on the rich history of pioneering accessibility work at CAST.

Listen to the podcast

Findings from the SNUDLE efficacy trial

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Science Notebook in a Universal Design for Learning Environment (affectionately called SNUDLE) is a digital solution to support the active science learning of elementary school students. Read our latest journal article in Frontiers in Education: Findings From a Two-Year Effectiveness Trial of the Science Notebook in a Universal Design for Learning Environment, and find out more about our project.

Learn more about SNUDLE

CAST welcomes Tara Courchaine

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CAST is thrilled to welcome Dr. Tara Courchaine, EdD, as Chief Research & Development Officer. Tara comes from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. In that role, she helped to support the work in two divisions: Research-to-Practice and the Monitoring and State Improvement Program. She also brings experience as a classroom teacher in both K-12 and postsecondary settings. Tara earned her doctorate in Special Education from The George Washington University.

Learn more about Tara

In this season of giving...

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With Thanksgiving and the holiday season around the corner, many of us at CAST are taking a moment of gratitude to celebrate the legacy of Joy Zabala and her unparalleled contributions to accessible and inclusive education. As you make your charitable giving decisions, we hope you’ll consider honoring Joy with a gift to the Joy Zabala Fellowship Fund. The fund will support mentorship experiences for the accessibility and assistive technology professionals who will carry Joy’s work forward. Thank you!

Support Joy’s Fund

Upcoming CAST Learning Events

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CAST offers a variety of institutes and workshops for educators at all levels—and their organizations—to build understanding and practice of UDL, accessibility, and professional development. These virtual professional learning gatherings are interactive and experiential opportunities to develop action plans for the exploration, integration, and implementation of UDL. So whether you’re new to UDL or need a refresher as you begin to explore or lead UDL work, we invite you (and your team) to learn with us.

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