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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

What's Required

Universal design for learning (UDL) is an evidenced based educational practice founded upon principles of universal design, brain research, and instructional design research. It specifically addresses curriculum development which includes the curriculum goals, instructional approach and strategies, materials and resources, and assessment.

UDL in itself is not a required practice in public schools, but is presented as a recommended practice under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004). The IDEA allows state education agencies to utilize portions of the IDEA funding to develop instructional materials and assessments that incorporate universal design principles (USC 20 1400 §674(b)2) and to develop the knowledge and skills of personnel (USC 20 1400 § 662(c)2) in the use of UDL as an instructional practice. The IDEA also provided for further research of the benefits of implementing universal design principles in the design of curriculum, instruction, and assessment (USC 20 1400 § 681(d)6) through the development of the Special Education Research Center(USC 20 1400 § 177(a)12).

When UDL principles are incorporated in the initial design of curriculum, instruction and assessment with forethought in the design process, school districts proactively address the requirement to provide students with disabilities accessible instructional materials (AIM). AIM is required under both federal (34 CFR § 300.172 § 300.210) and state (TAC § 66.121) regulations.

What We Do

The Ore City ISD Office of Special Education Services in collaboration with the Technology, provides a growing list of universal resources and materials that all campus teams can access.

All students and teachers have access to Google Suite at home or at school. Digital content is a means to provide multiple means of representation, multiple means of action and expression, and multiple means of engagement particularly with text rich instructional content. Additional tools include Natural Reader which is free and available at home/school. Ore City ISD is committed to include additional tools as we grow in this area. 

Ore City High School
100 Rebel Rd.
Ore City, TX 75683
Phone: 903-968-3300 ext. 1221
Fax: +19037086495
Ore City Middle School
100 Rebel Rd.
Ore City, TX 75683
Phone: 903-968-3300 ext. 2252
Fax: +19037086486
Ore City Elementary School
1000 US Hwy 259 S.
Ore City, TX 75683
Phone: 903-968-3300 ext. 1237
Fax: +19037086201
Ore City Special Education Department
100 Rebel Rd.
Ore City, TX 75683
Phone: 903-968-3300 ext. 1207
Fax: +19037086499

PIA Requests from this governmental body can be made by:

mail: Ore City ISD, Attn: Lynn Heflin, 100 Rebel Rd., Ore City, TX 75683
email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
efax: +19037086485

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