Throughout, you should also find examples resources that have been intentionally culled from the Skills Commons repository that model UDL in best practice. As a partner to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, CAST provided instructional design and research expertise to assure that all online materials met baseline accessibility and UDL functionality. In some instances, these were developed within Carnegie Mellon’s freely available Online Learning Initiative and provides robust models of an online course overview, fundamentals review, or review of workplace skills to support success. These resources can be reused by others as long as the appropriate attributions are maintained and shared.
As you explore this digital space, note how we are trying to model UDL in design, form, and function. To begin, we’ve selected an “accessibility-ready” theme from the wordpress directory entitled “Twenty-Eleven”. We’ve also added a few plugins to expand accessibility such as the wp-access tool that provides the ability to enlarge font and change contrast. There is also a Google Translate widget for easy language translation of the entire site. Finally, you’ll see an orange icon that a trial of Text Help’s “Browse Aloud” tool and let’s the reader hear the text while viewing (if that representation is needed). All of these approaches help to begin the process of building an accessible foundation.