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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 147; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8030147

Expanding the Scope of Universal Design: Implications for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

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College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
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College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Emerita), Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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Received: 4 September 2018 / Revised: 10 September 2018 / Accepted: 10 September 2018 / Published: 12 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Universal Design for Inclusive Pedagogy)
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This article encourages postsecondary educators to expand the scope of applications of universal design and universal instructional design by exploring how principles of UD and UID can be applied to other social identities, and specifically to gender identity and sexual orientation. There are many parallels that can be drawn between students who are excluded because of their disability and students who are marginalized on the basis of nonconforming gender identity or sexual orientation. It is important that faculty and staff understand intersectionality and interdependence among social identities and consider what steps they can take to apply UID principles in ways that consider multiple aspects of identity in order to provide inclusive educational experiences for all students. Scenarios for further discussion are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: universal design; universal instructional design; gender identity; sexual orientation; postsecondary students; inclusive pedagogy universal design; universal instructional design; gender identity; sexual orientation; postsecondary students; inclusive pedagogy
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Couillard, E.; Higbee, J.L. Expanding the Scope of Universal Design: Implications for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 147.

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