UDL Session 2: Expanding Opportunities for Student Action and Response Supported with UDL Application
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) means the design of instructional materials and activities that allows for the learning goals to be achievable by individuals with wide differences in their abilities. The two UDL webinar sessions will increase your awareness and understanding of the application UDL principles on how to expand learning opportunities for students with significant disabilities and reduce barriers to access and respond to academic curriculum content.Session 2: The webinar session will demonstrate how to promote “action and expression” of students with diverse and complex cognitive, communication and behavioral needs through incorporating UDL-based techniques. Aided with student scenarios and examples of instructional and assistive technology supports, the session will discuss how to facilitate active participation and response of students with significant disabilities to academic curriculum. You will gain skills in using multiple means to inspire students to navigate through information and activities and demonstrate what he/she knows. UDL Session 2 Handout
MA, Author & Educational Consultant
Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.
She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.