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Published: 10 Jan 2013

McGill University takes the lead implementing Universal Design… As a McGill University student with a learning disability, Cedric Yarish hates when professors rely on “chalk and talk.” What helps him with his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is when professors engage students in discussion, present their material in a variety of interesting ways and provide options for student evaluation, such as a choice between exams or papers or other types of multimedia projects. And he is pleased to see that, in the last year at McGill, there has been a push to make learning more accessible to students such as himself. This is being done through the concept of Universal Design (UD), which focuses on in-class adaptation to widen access for those with difficulties rather than turning to outside accommodation, which can stigmatize students.

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