Hoover Elementary School School In-service: Students with Disabilities Universal Design for Learning and InclusionAs many of you are new to Hoover this year, we would like tosummarize some of the important areas of focus for our schoolregarding universal design for learning and inclusion. As you know,universal design for learning (UDL) ensures that students withdisabilities can access the general education curriculum viacurriculum modifications achieved through technology and instruction.Some examples of current modifications in use at Hoover, which arebased on standards outlined by NIMAS (National InstructionalMaterials Accessibility Standard), include: multiple methods ofpresentation such as text, graphics and photographs, performanceformats like plays and skits and a variety of content delivery optionslike lectures, PowerPoint presentations, role playing and computer-mediated instruction. Importantly, students at Hoover can submitreports, exams, portfolios, drawings, performances and videotapedreports to demonstrate their mastery of a topic.The NIMAS methods that we use here at Hoover guarantee that ALLSTUDENTS can access academic content information and provideevidence of their learning based on their strengths and abilities. It isour mission at Hoover to meet the needs of all our students andprovide flexible and individualized education.We are always looking to incorporate new ideas in support of ourstudents at Hoover. Each student has an individual story that requiresindividual attention. Now that you have been at Hoover for a couplemonths and have gotten to know your students, please break up intosmall groups and discuss how you feel our UDL program is workingat Hoover. Specifically, make a list of the strengths of our programand how we are addressing our students’ needs, the weaknesses youhave identified that need to be addressed and any technological orinstructional opportunities you know about which we may want toconsider incorporating into our UDL program at Hoover.