The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) was founded in 1984 just as the personal computing wave was taking off.

This team of researchers wanted to get ahead of the curve and test ways technology would eventually impact learning in the everyday learning environment. Over the course of a decade, they developed the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and have since used it as the foundation of their research and development. Their mission is to work with top “researchers, institutions of higher education, corporations, and foundations to pursue this work…until learning has no limits.” Through their research, they have created a host of free UDL tools for educators, hosted professional development opportunities for educators to gain a deeper understanding of UDL principles, and continuously looked to build capacity in their work by engaging education stakeholders across the country to improve learning opportunities for all children. Explore their resources today.

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