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Universal Design

Universal Design, quite simply, is the design of our environment to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptations or specialized design. The intent of Universal Design is to simplify life for everyone by proactively designing our physical environment to be “barrier free” thus more accessible to as many people as possible at little or no extra cost.

Universal Design for learning (UDL) is a set of principles that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.  UDL goes beyond the design of the environment and technology and expands the full learning experience. We know from experience and science that individuals learn in varied ways—ways that are particular to them. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators plan for variability with flexible, responsive teaching methods and technologies.



Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Video: Learn how UDL can help diverse learners in higher education settings CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) 

DO-IT: The Center for Universal Design in Education- Helping educators apply universal design to all aspects of education


Equal access for students with disabilities is integrated into the educational environment through innovative learning tools and emerging technology. The Office of Accessibility Resources staff are available to confer with faculty/staff directly regarding those students with more complex disability needs, or use specialized assistive technology.  The Office of Accessibility Resources staff will be happy to work with faculty/staff to make whatever arrangements are necessary to understand there are design elements you may choose that could create new and at times insurmountable barriers to access. Please contact Tamara Mariotti to ensure that your entire course is accessible to individuals with disabilities and that it complies fully with federal regulations.




Utica Campus
Disability Office
Tamara Mariotti, ADA/504 Coordinator
Payne Hall, Room 104H
Phone: 315.731.5702

Educational Technology Services
James Lynch, Director of Educational Technology
Academic Building, Room 137
Phone: 315.792.5315

Marketing & Communications
 Director of Marketing & Communications
Payne Hall, Room 345
Phone: 315.792.5330