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The evolution of CAST’s UDL Guidelines has been a dynamic, collaborative, and developmental process. We shared the first version of the Guidelines—Version 1.0—in 2008. Since that time, we have collected and specifically solicited feedback from the field. This feedback, along with the expanding research in the areas of UDL, education, cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience, has led us to develop different representations of the Guidelines over time. Each of these representations has a particular goal and traces our learning not only as an organization but as a field more broadly.

Version 2.2 (2018)

This latest version—Version 2.2—does not represent the “correct” version. Instead, we see this version as yet another representation to more fully explore and articulate the promise of UDL. We have made several structural changes to the graphic organizer to better support educators and other stakeholders who are new to UDL and to more clearly articulate the goal of UDL. About the Graphic Organizer describes these structural changes in more detail, while our FAQ may help answer questions you have about the UDL Guidelines and their relationship to the UDL framework.

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Do you prefer a version of the UDL Guidelines that numbers the Guidelines and Checkpoints for reference and research attribution?

Download Version 2.2 with numbers

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Do you prefer a version of the UDL Guidelines without numbers to help focus on the content for UDL implementation?

Download Version 2.2 without numbers

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Do you prefer a version of the UDL Guidelines that highlights the Guidelines themselves and removes the Checkpoints to give you room to add reflections and observations?

Download Version 2.2 without checkpoints

APA Citation: CAST (2018). Universal design for learning guidelines version 2.2 [graphic organizer]. Wakefield, MA: Author.

As with the first version of the Guidelines, we see this version of the UDL Guidelines as a living, breathing, changing tool. We encourage participation and collaboration from diverse stakeholders to support us in our goal of making the Guidelines even more useful over time.

Version 2.2 Translations

Italian (2.2) — italiano
Graphic Organizer: Linee guida UDL 2.2 Italia

Japanese (2.2) — 日本語
Graphic Organizer: UDLガイドラインの図表はこちら:UDL原則とチェックポイントがカラー刷りで一覧になっています。

Version 2.1 (2014)

Version 2.1 first appeared in Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, and David Gordon’s Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice published in 2014. The structural updates made to the graphic organizer are reflective of the feedback we received after sharing Version 2.0 with the field. For example, previous versions of the graphic organizer begin with “Provide Multiple Means of Representation.” However, in this version, we begin with “Provide Multiple Means of Engagement” as a way to highlight the essential role that engagement plays in learning.

Download Version 2.1
APA Citation: CAST (2014). Universal design for learning guidelines version 2.1 [graphic organizer]. Wakefield, MA: Author.

Version 2.1 Translations

Japanese (2.1) — 日本語
Graphic Organizer: UDLガイドライン図表3.0はこちら:脳のネットワーク、UDL原則、チェックポイントがカラー刷りで一覧になっています。

Spanish (2.1) — español
Graphic Organizer: Encuentren las Pautas de DUA: Un resumen de las Pautas de Diseño Universal para el Aprendizaje.

Version 2.0 (2011)

Version 2.0 includes several structural and content changes reflective of the feedback we received after sharing the original version, Version 1.0, with the field. For example, we developed a full text version to more fully describe not only the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints but also the thinking behind the UDL framework more broadly. And, in the Graphic Organizer version 2.0, we made several wording level changes to specific checkpoints to clarify to more accurately reflect our intended meaning.

Download Version 2.0
APA Citation: CAST (2011). Universal design for learning guidelines version 2.0 [graphic organizer]. Wakefield, MA: Author.

Download Version 2.0 Full Text
A complete narrative describing the context within which CAST developed the UDL Guidelines including explanations and examples of each principle and checkpoint.
APA Citation: CAST (2011). Universal design for learning guidelines version 2.0 Wakefield, MA: Author.

Version 2.0 Translations

Arabic (2.0) — النسخة العربية
Graphic Organizer:  المبادئ الرئيسية للتصميم >الشامل للتعلم (PDF): صورة ملونة تبين المبادئ الرئيسية للتصميم الشامل
Video: Universal Design for Learning/التصميم الشامل للتعلم (Audio in Arabic with English subtitles)

Catalan (2.0) — Català
Graphic Organizer: Quadre Resum de les orientacions del Disseny Universal per a l'Aprenentatge
Full Text: Orientacions per implementar el Disseny Universal per a l'Aprenentatge (text complert)

Chinese (traditional) (2.0) — 中文(繁體)
Graphic Organizer: 通用學習設計指南圖表詮釋:通用學習設計指南原則和要點彩色單頁詮釋

Chinese (simplfied) (2.0) — 中文(简体)
Graphic Organizer: 通用学习设计指南图表诠释:通用学习设计指南原则和要点彩色单页诠释

French (2.0) — français
Graphic Organizer: Se procurer un organisateur graphique avec les lignes directrices de la CUA: les principes et points de référence de la CUA sont représentés en couleur sur une page.

Greek (2.0) — Ελληνικά
Graphic Organizer: Αποκτήστε ένα Γραφικό Οργανωτή με τις Κατευθυντήριες Γραμμές του ΚαΣΜα: Μια πολύχρωμη μονοσέλιδη θεώρηση των αρχών και των σημείων ελέγχου.

Italian (2.0) — italiano
Graphic Organizer: Linee guida UDL 2.0 Italia
Full Text: Linee guida UDL 2.0: Testo Completo

Japanese (2.0) — 日本語
Graphic Organizer: UDLガイドラインの図表はこちら:UDL原則とチェックポイントがカラー刷りで一覧になっています。
Full Text: UDLガイドライン全文はこちらから
Full Text: UDLガイドライン全文はこちらから

Korean (2.0) — 한국어
Graphic Organizer: UDL 가이드라인 도표 다운로드: UDL원칙과 체크포인트가 간단하게 정리된 한 페이지 도표입니다.

Portuguese (2.0) — português
Graphic Organizer: Princípios Orientadores do Universal Design for Learning: Um referencial multicolor dos princípios orientadores da aprendizagem.

Spanish (2.0) — español
Graphic Organizer: Encuentren las Pautas de DUA: Un resumen de las Pautas de Diseño Universal para el Aprendizaje.
Full Text: Accede a las Pautas del Diseño Universal para el Aprendizaje (DUA) en formato texto: Un documento completo en el que se describe el marco en el que CAST desarrolla las Pautas del DUA incluyendo explicaciones y ejemplos de cada uno de los principios y puntos de verificación.

Version 1.0 (2008)

This version of the Guidelines represents CAST’s original blueprint for the UDL Guidelines. We developed this first version in response to the field’s desire for more concrete support in applying the UDL framework to practice. 

Download Version 1.0
APA Citation: CAST (2008). Universal design for learning guidelines version 1.0 [graphic organizer]. Wakefield, MA: Author.

Version 1.0 Translations

Romanian (1.0) — Română
Graphic Organizer: Descarcă Principiile de Design Universal pentru Instruire: Un tabel în culori ce conţine principiile DUI

Spanish (1.0) — español
Graphic Organizer: Encuentren las Pautas de DUA: Un resumen de las Pautas de Diseño Universal para el Aprendizaje.