Making Content Accessible

Below are websites to help you learn about Universal Design for Learning and why it is important for all students; links are provided to a number of free or subscription accessibility services that assist with inclusion of students with special education needs.

  • Book Builder from CAST.org – a free resource that allows you or your students to build books online; it provides text-to-speech and animation for the books so your students can listen to and watch the book; can also access books others have written; great if you are creating a modified version of a grade level text
  • CAST.org – the best source for learning about Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Downloadable Picture Symbols –  a website designed to support students with special needs; there is free teacher and parent material, which includes downloadable picture symbols (though few are academic) educational supplies, games and resources
  • EdTech Solutions: Teaching Every Student – a collection of recommended apps and extensions for special education
  • Free Boardmaker Boards – collection of free Boardmaker boards; excellent if you already have Boardmaker; not all of the links work though
  • Intellitools – collection of free IntelliKeys activities posted by other teachers
  • Tactile and Symbol Directory – from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; this site offers information on developing and using tactile symbols
  • UDL Center – a great resource for learning about the concept of Universal Design for Learning
  • UDL Tech Toolkit – excellent collection of resources to help achieve UDL; includes math manipulatives, graphic organizers, writing tools, text-to-speech and much more