AT and UDL in Partnership
AT and UDL can work hand-in-hand, but one does not replace the other. The chart below outlines the similarities and differences between the two. Simply put, UDL strategies that benefit one student may benefit all students. On the other hand, AT is specifically selected, implemented and evaluated for a student who the IEP team believes needs AT to access the general education curriculum with greater independence. Even in a well-designed classroom, some students may still require the use and implementation of AT to further enhance and demonstrate their learning.
|Specifically considered for an individual student||Makes the general education curriculum accessible to students with varying needs|
|Used by a student to meet the expectations of the general education curriculum||Used by all students with diverse learning needs|
|Monitored by special educators but also used by general education teachers||Implemented by general and special education teachers|
Is Assistive Tech for Everyone?
Education Week considers this important question in a March 2014 article that showcases lots of examples of assistive technology that can be used for all members of a class.