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The COLSD staff were focused on conducting rigorous research on important topics to improving the outcomes of students with disabilities as they participated in online learning (e.g., blended, supplemental, and full-time virtual settings). In the course of the research, the staff also recognized that the various audiences (e.g., vendors, parents, school staff, and researchers) for the research findings had a need for printed resources to assist them with their planning and implementation of programmatic, research, evaluation, and policy initiatives. The resources included hopefully provide some guidance in this rapidly evolving landscape of online instruction.

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UDL Scan Tool

The Center staff developed the UDL Scan Tool to support the examination of online curriculum and learning—beyond traditional examinations for accessibility. Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, the Tool assesses the alignment of digital materials to the cognitive and learning needs of struggling learners.


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The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a tool for assessing the accessibility of curricular software, products, or materials. The list provides a review of approximately 90 products.


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State Policy Guide

The Center conducted a search of all state department of education websites to obtain available policy and guidance pertaining to online learning. This guide summarizes findings within seven domains (e.g., placement and enrollments, assessments, accommodations, and funding).


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Resource Documents

These brief documents provide suggestions and direction for parents and local and state administrators. The documents outline critical questions and identify additional resource documents.


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