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Universal Design

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Universal Design (UD) seeks to ensure that the learning process is intentionally structured to facilitate learning for all by identifying and reducing or eliminating barriers to learning. Sauk Valley Community College seeks to support all students in equal access to learning as outlined in The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended and additional laws and regulations. Students must be provided with accessible materials in-person, through the learning management software, and other technologies. The following video provides a quick into to Universal Design.

UD opens learning process to allow for differentiated learning experiences  where what students learn, how they learn it, and how they demonstrate they have learned it are differentiated. This means:

  • facilitating multiple means of engagement, i.e. allowing learners to tap into their interests, motivations, and readiness  
  • providing multiple means of representation, i.e. providing multiple ways for learners to acquire knowledge
  • allowing for multiple means of action and demonstration, i.e. providing multiple means for learners to demonstrate what they know


Add Closed Captions to Videos

Video resources used as part of a course must include subtitles. The easiest way to add subtitles to videos is by using the captioning software on youtube. The following two tutorials provide a quick overview.

Universal Document Formatting

Instructions for creating accessible documents in for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.