Based on the idea that everyone thinks and learns in a unique way, Universal Design for Learning is an instructional framework that "can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start." Not a bad pitch... especially since UDL serves as a quick guide to (painless) differentiation!
Below is a collection of resources to provide some context to UDL and it's application beyond its intended population to our unique learners of all abilities.
The Three Primary Guidelines of Universal Design for Learning:Embracing Variability with UDL: Examines the brain science and posits an interesting Rubik's cube analogy to explain UDL.
"Sped-ucators" Show How to Get Creative with Common Core: An article after my own heart- UDL in combo with CCSS's “use technology and digital media strategically and capably.”
50 Blogs Special Educators Should Know: Title says it all!
Image above borrowed from: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines.