UDL & Breaking Down the Barriers at UK- a Case Study


Presented at 8:00am in WB IV on Thursday, November 17, 2016.



  • Deb Castiglione, UD & Instructional Technology Spec, University of Kentucky

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


Discussion of year three of a three-year UDL initiative: the barriers and challenges, the successes, and the future.


The implementation of UDL, when unsupported by administration and funding, can be a challenging venture. A three-year roadmap was developed to guide a campus-wide UDL initiative (this roadmap has been shared the past two years at AHG). Now in the third year of the three-year journey, the roadmap continues to evolve.

Learn what the challenges and barriers have been to the campus-wide UDL initiative; hear how barriers have been avoided and/or overcome through alternative strategies; and share in the recognition and celebration of small successes, ultimately creating a measure of slow, but sure progress. We also will discuss how to keep motivated, how to keep the momentum going, and what year four might hold?


  1. The potential challenges in implementing UDL campus-wide.
  2. How to overcome the barriers to a campus-wide initiative.
  3. What to count as a success in UDL integration.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Other, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design

Speaker Bio(s)

Deb Castiglione

Deb Castiglione is the Universal Design & Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Kentucky, where she earned her doctorate in distance learning. She brings skills, knowledge, and experience in instructional design/development, universal design, accessibility, and assistive technology. Deb is a RESNA certified assistive technology professional (ATP) and has worked with children and adults with disabilities. She has developed and taught courses in instructional design, assistive technology, universal design, distance education: delivery, and instructional technology for the University of Kentucky, Gateway Community & Technical College, the University of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University.