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Oct 11, 2019

MTT038| Assistive Technology Part 3, Dive Into UDL - Luis Perez & Kendra Grant

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Luis Perez joins us again with co-author, Kendra Grant, of the book “Dive Into UDL”. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing instruction that meets the needs of every learner. They discuss an overview of UDL, showing how to offer flexibility in methods of presentation, student participation and expression to support high achievement for all students, including those with disabilities or limited English proficiency. 

“Dive into UDL” shows K-12 educators how to incorporate UDL in their instructional design and engage in continuous professional growth. The book also appeals to those in coaching positions and to administrators seeking to support their staff. The book offers three modes of entry to allow educators to “start where they are” in their understanding of UDL and how it applies to their areas of instruction; shows educators how to enhance and transform their instructional practices by applying a UDL lens to analyze and redesign lessons; illustrates how to design accessible materials and use technology to provide more options for learners; and highlights how UDL is foundational to inquiry-based, project-based and constructivist hands-on learning.

Luis Perez

Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. He was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009, and as a Google in Education Certified Educator in 2014, and he is the current President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. Luis has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing). His work has also appeared in publications such Teaching Exceptional Children, Closing the Gap Solutions, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine.  In addition to his work in educational technology, Luis is an avid photographer whose work has been featured on Better Photography magazine, Business Insider, the New York Times Bits Blog and the Sydney Morning Herald. 

Contact: Luis Perez

Luis Perez’s Website

Twitter: @eyeonaxs

Instagram: Luis Perez Instagram



Kendra Grant

Kendra Grant has held many roles in education, including teacher, district special education coordinator and assistive technology (AT) specialist in a large school district. She currently works with Quillsoft as director of professional development and learning, and was formerly co-founder and chief education officer for a professional learning company delivering large-scale technology implementation across North America. Grant holds a master’s of educational technology from the University of British Columbia with a focus on professional learning, eLearning (K-20) and the application of UDL to both. She is a past president of ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network.

Contact: Kendra Grant

Kendra Grant’s Website

Twitter: @KendraFGrant


Items mentioned in Episode 38:

Three principles of UDL

Multiple Means of Engagement

Multiple Means of Representation

Multiple Means of Action and Expression

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Twitter: AEM_Center


Luis Perez’s TED Talk for ISTE



ATIA Conference

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age

Dive Into UDL by Luis Perez and Kendra Grant

Learning On The Go by Luis Perez


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