UDL and Accessibility

This resource is for instructors who are creating adaptable and flexible educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs. Leeward CC is a campus within the University of Hawaii (UH) System and therefore we follow the guidelines set by the UH System.

The Educational Media Center uses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as our framework to design learning to be as inclusive as possible from the very beginning. Accessibility of online materials is one aspect of UDL.

Professional Learning encompassing UDL and Accessibility view of the brain showing three networks highlighted. The area responsible for representation is highlighted with a line to accessibility of online materials

This site is organized into the following areas

Professional Learning

learn to implement UDL and Accessibility

Universal Design for Learning

redesign your course to make it inclusive for all learners

Accessible Content

create accessible documents, media, and websites. The above will take you to the University of Hawai'i site on Accessibility with the Plan for New Online Content and Functionality

For additional Accessibility resources, visit the Resources link on this site.

Assistive Technologies

commonly used assistive technologies

As a higher education institution, we are obliged to provide accessible learning materials and technologies for students with disabilities. However, we aim to go beyond simply providing accessible information. Our goal is to ensure learning opportunities are inclusive of all.

Related Topics

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Though still in its infancy, OER can have a significant impact on students’ learning and instructors’ teaching. OER can help to overcome barriers of students’ access to course materials, reduce the cost of higher education, and give instructors the freedom to customize materials to meet their students’ needs and reach curriculum goals. 

Designing for inclusivity and incorporating accessibility in the course design process is a natural progression of using OER. While many OER materials have been created in an accessible format, there are some that are not. Those materials can be modified (as long as the Creative Commons license allows for it) into an accessible or alternate format and redistributed.  Learn more about the Leeward CC Open Educational Resources initiative.

Online Courses

Online courses also help students to overcome barriers of physical access to quality education. Therefore, it is important for all online course materials to be available in accessible formats. Go to the Leeward CC Distance Education website for instructor support.

Instructional Technology Accessibility Statements

As a best practice and resource, we have compiled the instructional technologies we most commonly use with a link to the accessibility statement for each tool.


The resources on this site encourage a proactive design approach. If you have question on disability support services or you have students who need support, please contact the Kākoʻo ʻIke Program.

Students Seeking Accommodations

Students seeking disability support and services please go to Kākoʻo ʻIke Program.


“10 Expectations” video by Leaving ToLearn is licensed under the Standard YouTube license.

CAST (2018). UDL and the learning brain. Wakefield, MA: Author. Retrieved on June 7, 2018 from http://www.cast.org/binaries/content/assets/common/publications/articles/cast-udlandthebrain-20180321.pdf / Modified by removing network indicators and adding “Accessibility of Online Materials”, rectangle encompassing everything, and title “Professional Learning encompasses UDL and Accessibility.”