Topical Guides


Knowing your available time and your audience, choose one or many of the dialogue starters below.

Reaction Question
1.    Do you feel the stakeholders, especially families and educators, are currently being informed  of UDL, in understandable terms in your school /district/state? 

  • From your perspective what processes have either facilitated or impeded the sharing of this information with all stakeholders?

2.    Why do families need to know about UDL and how will the information be disseminated to families?

3.    In your opinion, can UDL improve student success?  How can that happen in elementary/secondary/postsecondary instruction? 

4.    From your experience, do you believe there are implications and applications of UDL for employment?  

  • For independent living? 
  • Please give some examples.

5.    From your viewpoint, what is the relationship between UDL and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)?...and standards based IEP’s?  Please give some examples.

6.    How does UDL fit with IDEA, NCLB, and other state and national mandates and initiatives?

Application Questions

1.    What actions has your district taken to inform parents about UDL?  How can families provide knowledge and be involved in the decision making process? 

  • What resources will be necessary for effective implementation of a UDL framework across the spectrum of services?

2.    How can the school and community-based agencies work together in developing and implementing UDL when appropriate?

3.    In what ways can we generalize UDL to other environments than schools (e.g. family, community)?

4.    In what ways can the principles of UDL be utilized to improve the transition planning process

5.    How might principles of UDL be applied to post secondary education, employment  and independent living?  Please give some examples.

6.    In what ways can the parent/school/district/state determine if UDL is being implemented in an effective and efficient manner?

These questions were developed by the following
stakeholders working together within the IDEA Partnership:


Role:  Transition Coordinator
Location:  Arizona

Role:  State Service Agency
Location:  New Hampshire

Role:  IDEA Partnership Staff
Location:  Pennsylvania
Role:  Transition Coordinator
Location:  Pennsylvania

Role:  Technical Assistance Provider
Location: Washington, D.C.

Role:  Family Member
Location:  Wisconsin

The IDEA Partnership, located at the National Association of
State Directors of Special Education, is sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs.   2009