Universal Design for ... Reading

Supporting ALL students as readers

What is Universal Design for Reading?

Universal Design for Reading (UDR) builds upon Universal Design for Learning (UDL), specifically applying guidelines to reading.

The goal behind UDR is to support all students as readers. This requires embracing reader variability and identifying clear goals that enable defining flexible Purpose & Engagement. In order to remove barriers to reading, UDR also means providing students with choice of reading materials in terms of the following aspects:

Universal Design for Reading
Slide deck shared at San Diego Computer Using Educator's Powered Learning Fair, November 2019

Reading Rights

UDR aligns with the International Literacy Association's Children's Rights to Read.

Rights 1, 3, 6, 7, and 10 address children's basic rights of access that schools and educators have the capacity and responsibility to ensure.

At its core, UDR emphasizes right 3 that "Children have the right to choose what they read."

Just as UDL embraces flexible means to account for learner variability, allowing choice with reading acknowledges reader variability.

More specifically, this site addresses the following ILA rights.

The ILA also offers an in-depth Case for Children's Rights to Read, a position statement on Children's Rights to Excellent Literacy Instruction and a manual for Advocating for Children's Rights to Read.

Curious to see another version of reader rights?

See the "Your Reading Rights" infographic below.

NOTE: The "Your Reading Rights" infographic was also inspired by Daniel Pennac's popularly shared The Rights of the Reader.

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