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African Journal of Disability (Online)

On-line version ISSN 2226-7220
Print version ISSN 2223-9170

Abstract

DALTON, Elizabeth M.; LYNER-CLEOPHAS, Marcia; FERGUSON, Britt T.  and  MCKENZIE, Judith. Inclusion, universal design and universal design for learning in higher education: South Africa and the United States. Afr. j. disabil. (Online) [online]. 2019, vol.8, pp.1-7. ISSN 2226-7220.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v8i0.519.

Around the world, institutions of higher education are recognising their responsibilities to achieve the full inclusion of individuals with differing needs and/or disabilities. The frameworks of universal design (UD) and universal design for learning (UDL) offer unique ways to build inclusiveness in our systems. The role of UD and UDL to strengthen successful inclusion of persons with differing needs in higher education programmes is presented from literature, inclusive of national and international policies and resources. Examples from South African and US institutions of higher learning are shared. Discussions of online accessibility, environmental issues, professional development, barriers to inclusion and recommendations for future development in an international context provide a vision for developing inclusive learning environments in higher education.

Keywords : Universal design; universal design for learning; universal access; inclusion; inclusive education.

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