UDL assists educators in removing barriers for all learners in the classroom. It is NOT a curriculum or differentiation. It is a framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. UDL seeks to design curriculum around learner variability from the beginning rather than accommodating individual needs retrospectively.

UDL is best defined by the three primary principles shown with guidelines:

  1. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement
  1. Provide Multiple Means of Representation

III. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression