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What is Universal Design and accessibility?

Universal Design in general refers to designing a product or content in such a way that it is usable by the widest audience possible. Accessibility, in the context we use it, refers to the practice of designing and/or utilizing technologies and content in the online classroom so that that students with vision, auditory, motor, and cognitive disabilities, can successfully navigate, use, and benefit from them. Universal Design for Learning refers to principles and best practices for ensuring that all activities, assignments, outcomes, and instruction are designed in such a way that all students have multiple ways to interact with the content and be assessed on their learning.