Nine principles of Universal Design for Instruction [UDI]

Universal Design for Instruction [UDI] is defined as "the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities”. UDI is comprised of nine principles.




  1. Equitable Use:
    Instruction is designed to be useful and accessible by people with diverse abilities. Provide the same means of use for all students; identical whenever possible, equivalent when not.

  2. Flexibility in Use:
    Instruction is designed to accommodate a wide range of individual abilities. Provide choice in method of use.

  3. Simple and Intuitive:
    Instruction is designed in a straightforward and predictable manner, regardless of the student's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level. Eliminate unnecessary complexity.

  4. Perceptible Information:
    Instruction is designed so that necessary information is communicated effectively to the student, regardless of ambient conditions or the student's sensory abilities.

  5. Tolerance for Error:
    Instruction anticipates variation in individual student learning pace and prerequisite skills.

  6. Low Physical Effort:
    Instruction is designed to minimize nonessential physical effort in order to allow maximum attention to learning.
    [Note: This principle does not apply when physical effort is integral to essential requirements of a course.]

  7. Size and Space for Approach and Use:
    Instruction is designed with consideration for appropriate size and space for approach, reach, manipulations, and use regardless of a student's body size, posture, mobility, and communication needs.

  8. A Community of Learners:
    The instructional environment promotes interaction and communication among students and between students and faculty.

  9. Instructional Climate:
    Instruction is designed to be welcoming and inclusive. High expectations are espoused for all students.



(Scott, McGuire, & Shaw, 2001)

(Scott, McGuire, & Embry, 2002)

[ Source: UDI Online Project. (2010). Introduction to UDI Module. Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut, Storrs. http://www.udi.uconn.edu/index.php?q=content/introduction-universal-design-instruction.]




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