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Using Technology and Universal Design Principals to Reach Diverse Audiences

, American Assoc. of the Advancement of Science


Technological innovations intended to make learning activities more accessible for children with disabilities can also make them better able to meet the needs of other children, with and without disabilities. In a recent study funded by the National Science Foundation, Hirshon et al examined a suite of learning activities, including computer games, hands-on demonstrations, art and creative writing challenges, and found that UDL-inspired changes improved effectiveness regardless of whether children had the disability being addressed. This presentation will share findings and ideas from the research, followed by a lively discussion of implications for education professionals and suggestions for future study.


Hirshon, B. (2016). Using Technology and Universal Design Principals to Reach Diverse Audiences. In C. Crawford, D. Willis, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price & R. Weber (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 18, 2019 from .