The Center for Research on Families will welcome Jose Blackorby, Ph.D., to UMass on Thursday, February 16, where he will present "Universal Design For Learning 2017: A Framework Grows Up" as part of the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The lecture will take place in Campus Center, Room 804-08 at 4 PM.
Dr. Blackorby will describe the current status of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) policy, practice, research and implementation, as well as new challenges the field faces that come with growth. UDL began 15 years ago as a vision associated with CAST, Inc. (Center for Applied Special Technology) and a small group of researchers and policymakers. Today, UDL is advanced by growing groups of stakeholders at all levels of the education system both in the U.S. and abroad. It is referenced in a range of federal and state policy documents and is increasingly adopted by schools as well as by curriculum and technology vendors. This is a new era for UDL on many fronts, which brings new opportunities, along with new challenges, as it becomes a mature field.