Universal Design for Learning Conference – Faculty Opportunity


The Universal Design for Learning team is hosting their second annual conference June 2nd & 3rd here at UVM.
The Dean has been asked to nominate interested faculty attending the conference for an award of $500 for UDL
related technology and to have their conference registration covered by CTL. Acceptance of the technology and free registration will signal an agreement to work beyond the conference with CTL to implement the technology in the recipient’s classroom.

If you are interested, please respond to me Susan.Comerford@uvm.edu by May 25, 2011. In your email, please indicate what you are already doing with UDL in your classroom or how you intend to utilize UDL in your classroom. The Dean will then send this information off to our colleagues at CTL who will make the final decisions on attendees.

Thank you for all your hard work this year.


Better Learning By Design Conference

The University of Vermont, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Project invites you to attend “The Second Annual Better Learning by Design” conference on June 1st-2nd at the Dudley H. Davis Center: University of Vermont. This two day conference gathers nationally known experts and offers the opportunity to become knowledgeable in the theory and application of UDL principles. As defined by The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 Section 103(a)(24), UDL is a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that provides for flexibility in the ways:

  • Information is presented
  • Students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and
  • Students are engaged in the content

UDL practices reduce the barriers in instruction, provide appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintain high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient. (Section 103(24).”

Conference Keynote Sessions are designed to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the neuroscience of learning
  • Expand your pedagogical repertoire to include UDL principles and practices
  • Enhance your knowledge of instructional technology applications that support student learning

Workshop sessions will include a wide variety of practical applications of UD and UDL including:

  • UDL in college dissemination and communication
  • instruction for all
  • technological applications
  • self-advocacy, and
  • specific accommodations that benefit more than just persons with disabilities.


David Rose, Ed.D.

Dr. David Rose helped to found The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) with a vision of expanding opportunities for all students, especially those with disabilities, through the innovative development and application of technology. David specializes in developmental neuropsychology and in the universal design of learning technologies. He lectures at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. David is the principal investigator for two national centers to develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. David received his Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Skip Stahl

Skip Stahl is a nationally recognized expert in accessible digital materials and Universal Design for Learning. Skip has extensive experience in the development of technical standards related to accessible instructional materials, technical assistance to states, and professional development for educators.

Skip is the Director of the federally funded NIMAS Center, where he leads a national initiative implementing the transformation of K-12 textbooks into specialized accessible formats for students with print disabilities. In addition to his leadership of the NIMAS Center, Skip works with education and instructional materials policy advocates to assure that instructional materials are accessible, appropriate and readily available to all students.

He has consulted with software and curriculum publishers in accessible product design, is a nationally recognized conference presenter, and the author of over twenty-five articles and book chapters published in peer-reviewed, popular, and trade publications. In addition, he is a consultant for a number of national K-12 and higher education initiatives focused on Universal Design for Learning and accessible instructional materials.


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