"Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints." 1
Conceived in the field of architecture, Universal Design was originally applied to create environments that are accessible to all individuals. As a strategy applied to learning, Universal Design strives to meet each individual’s unique set of skills, needs, and interests through the creation of instructional methods, materials, and activities that don’t need to be adapted in order to accommodate all learners. In contrast to a one-size-fits all approach, Universal Design guides the development of flexible learning environments that:
Disability is one of many characteristics a learner may possess. Providing equal access to instructional materials is a component of Universal Design as well as a requirement for accessibility.