Universal Design for Staff

This web page provides a repository of information for members of staff at IADT interested in applying the principles of Universal Design to their work.

What is Universal Design for Instruction?

Universal Design for Instruction is an inclusive educational framework which applies the principles of universal design to teaching methods, materials and curriculum design. Universal Design for Instruction benefits all learners equally – students with disabilities, mature students, Access students, school leavers – and can help reduce pressure on the lecturer during the hectic academic year. HEIs nationally are embracing UDI principles, and UCD Access & Lifelong Learning have kindly shared their resources on this topic with IADT.

There are nine simple principles to Universal Design for Instruction. These principles have been excellently represented in video format using the student voice by our colleagues in the DCU Disability Service, who have kindly granted us permission to share these clips on this website. The videos are embedded as a playlist above and links to each separate principle's video are provided below.


  1. Equitable Education Experience
  2. Flexible Material & Instruction
  3. Predictable Structure & Instruction
  4. Perceptible Information
  5. Mistakes are Tolerated
  6. Eliminate Unnecessary Physical Effort
  7. Size & Space for Approach & Use
  8. A Community of Learners
  9. Class Climate 

Staff Facilitation

The Access Service can, on request, facilitate a session for staff to explore these concepts of Universal Design and can also liaise with faculty to review modules under Universal Design principles.