Universal Design:  Applications in Postsecondary Settings
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Introduction to
Universal Design



Welcome to the Project PACE Universal Design Website

Thank you for agreeing to participate in this process with UALR Disability Support Services' Project PACE. This website provides you with a starting point for applying the principles of universal design to your course or your academic program. You may begin by going through each section of this website and completing the suggested activities. As you do so, please document any changes that you make on the Change Documentation Form (MS Word).

During our sessions, we will go over these course elements together and discuss ideas that you have for implementing the principles in your course or program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at mpthornton@ualr.edu or (501) 569-3162.

Listserv:   I have created a listserv that includes all of the faculty participants and the Project PACE staff. If you would like to send a message to the list, simply send it to: pace_ud@ualr.edu.

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Project PACE is a program of Disability Support Services at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). The primary objective of this project is to improve the quality of education for students with disabilities through the development and provision of resources, technical assistance and professional development opportunities to faculty, staff and administrators in postsecondary settings. Project PACE was initially funded in 1999 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education (Award #P333A990056). The focus of that proposal was the development of a Faculty Resource Council, the development and implementation of faculty development opportunities, and the production of faculty development resources. In 2002, UALR received a second grant that will allow Project PACE to continue to work toward these objectives (Award #P333A020010). The emphasis of this second proposal differs in that it focuses more specifically on developing the concept of Universal Design as it relates to teaching the higher education setting. The two objectives of this proposal that relate most closely to your participation are:

  • OBJECTIVE 1: Develop strategies and implement principles of Universal Design as applied to postsecondary education in 16 core curriculum courses at UALR.

    • Activity 1.1: Provide extensive one-on-one technical assistance by teaming project staff with a minimum of eight individual faculty members.
    • Activity 1.2: Facilitate the process for these faculty members to mentor other faculty in the implementation of Universal Design principles in additional courses.
    • Activity 1.3: Develop written guidelines to assist others in replicating these technical assistance activities and implementing Universal Design principles in other courses.
    • Activity 1.4: Field-test the guidelines at other institutions.

  • OBJECTIVE 2: Develop strategies and implement the principles of Universal Design throughout the entire academic program in two departments.

    • Activity 2.1: Provide extensive technical assistance to the faculty in two departments in examining and modifying course procedures, design, and teaching strategies throughout their academic programs.
    • Activity 2.2: Develop guidelines that other departments can use to replicate these activities.
    • Activity 2.3: Develop and present a workshop for the faculty in each department.
    • Activity 2.4: Field-test the guidelines at other institutions.

Further resources:

PACE Abstract (MS Word)

PACE Flowchart (PDF)

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