Including Individuals With Disabilities in UDL Framework Implementation: Insights From Administrators
Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
In 2015, the AAIDD National Goals panel recommended the inclusion of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in services designed to support the needs of learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As a framework that can be implemented district/schoolwide, little is known about the implementation process and administrators' experiences with implementation. Less is known regarding the experiences of administrators' as they implement the framework with learners who struggle or have identified disabilities. To better understand these experiences in implementation, researchers conducted interviews with eighteen school principals/district personnel in a district recognized for fully implementing UDL. A subset of questions from these interviews focused specifically on efforts in implementation to include the needs of learners that are struggling or that have identified disabilities. This research analyzes responses from those administrators specific to supporting students with disabilities. Findings are shared, including those specific to the inclusion of individuals with IDD. Implications for future research and practice are provided.
Smith, S. J.
(2018). Including Individuals With Disabilities in UDL Framework Implementation: Insights From Administrators. Inclusion, 6(2), 127-142.
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