Loyola University Maryland

Accessibility at Loyola


Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Creating Course Materials with Accessibility in Mind

The concept of "Universal Design" emphasizes the importance of considering all types of disabilities and learning styles as new course materials are created. The idea is to present materials in a variety of ways to suit the learning needs of all students from the start rather than retroactively modifying course materials once a disability is known. By providing course materials in a variety of formats at the beginning of a course, we can make all individuals feel welcome and included.

Who benefits?

  • Your students living with disabilities such as low-vision, hearing loss, learning disabilities, and more.
  • Your students who have a wide range of learning preferences and cultural, experiential, and learning experiences.
  • The institution because we are complying with the law and working to provide an optimal learning environment for all students.
  • You, the professor, because you are able to have a more positive impact on the learning of students as well as save time and effort in creating last-minute accommodations and answering students' questions.

Why use UDL and/or make my content accessible?

The University is currently developing an accessibility policy to guide our community in meeting the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, summarized in the Section 508 compliance checklist by WebAim and to conform to W3C Web Accessibility Standards, summarized in the WCAG 2.0 checklist by WebAim.

How to Make Your Course Materials Accessible

Visit the getting started page for a list of resources available to assist you in creating accessible content.