The “Pathway to Universal Design for Learning” is the outcome of the “UDLnet-Universal Design for Learning: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability” project and it aims to support the deployment of accessible educational e-content and to make available our findings, which may be used at regional, national and transnational level.
Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that persons with disabilities should be guaranteed the right to inclusive education at all levels, regardless of age, without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity. State Parties should ensure that children with disabilities are not excluded from free and compulsory primary education, or from secondary education. Still, there is a long way ahead before reaching a society where equal opportunities are guaranteed for all.
Inclusive and quality education is a key means to achieve this goal. In many special as well as mainstream schools, however, there is still much uncertainty and a lack of knowledge. Though the policy context supports a shift to inclusion, professionals need more support to develop their practice. In order to bridge the gap between policy and practice the UDLnet network aspires to address this necessity collecting and creating best practices under the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on the following envisaged themes: inclusive learning environments, accessible resources, teachers’ and school leaders’ competences, examination of barriers and identification of opportunities. Moreover, current needs related with the use of mobile devices will be investigated, and the proposed network will cater for the delivery of accessible educational resources through wireless and mobile devices along with the application of the UDL framework in real inclusive educational practices.
UDLnet building upon experience of previous and current projects aimed at exchanging/creating good practices on inclusive education for students with disabilities, and not only, across Europe, in order to cater for their wholesome development, smooth transition in the next grades and consequently for employability, working inclusion and for active European citizenship.