The goal of Universal Design when applied to education is to make learning inclusive for all students, not just those with disabilities. This approach results in designing all products and services to be usable by students with the widest possible range of both functional (physical) capabilities and different learning styles.
Universal Design encompasses deployment of inclusive on-line learning, which includes accessibility for students who are blind, hearing impaired, have upper body motor impairment, have cognitive processing difficulties, as well as those having different learning styles. Adaptive technology provides the necessary components to accommodate student’s different learning styles and students with disabilities.
Universal Design stimulates faculty to create accessible online content and promotes better interaction with students having disabilities, and students with different learning styles online while providing a learning environment that is equal to that of other students. Federal legislation requires institutions to be in compliance with Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.