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DHH Students in the Classroom Part 1: UDH Strategies

 UDL Strategies to Make the Classroom Accessible for All


Mainstream schools, by simple nature, tend to be restrictive for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Curricula, instruction, assessments and teaching tools tend to be developed without all learners in mind. Educational, supplemental and extracurricular content must be equally accessible to all students, but did you know that what may benefit students who are deaf and hard of hearing may just benefit everyone? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles can be incorporated to give all students an equal opportunity to learn. This presentation will provide multiple UDL strategies within the physical classroom space, curriculum and instruction to create flexible learning experiences to benefit a variety of learners.

Join Sara Keifer, Coordinator for the Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Indiana as she discusses:

1) Basic UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles as well as strategies that can be implemented into mainstream classrooms today.

2) UDL strategies to alter physical space, curriculum and instruction to help design flexible learning experiences for all students while promoting access specifically for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

3) Statistics to support the implementation of such strategies (i.e., classroom audio distribution, closed-captioning, notes, seating arrangement, etc.) to help justify to professionals who are not currently working in the field of deaf education why UDL considerations are important not only for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, but for all learners. 


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