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Symposium Description

Providing high quality education is a matter of social justice, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an innovative framework that supports all learners –regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, gender, language, cognitive, physical, and emotional background— by providing exceptional, rigorous learning opportunities. UDL proactively infuses opportunities for learners to overcome barriers and ensure that “learning has no limits.”

Please join us for CAST’s 3rd Annual UDL Symposium, where we will:

  •   Share new research around UDL as it relates to social justice
  •   Innovate strategies to design learning opportunities that address the needs of all learners
  •   Connect with educators, researchers, designers, policy makers, technology specialists, and administrators from around the world to discuss UDL and social justice

Upon completion of the Symposium, participants will receive an official CAST certificate. 

The full Symposium agenda will be available soon! Please check back for updates on sessions, additional presenters and more!

Featured Presenters Include:

Symposium Location

University of Massachusetts Boston


July 31-August 2, 2017


Days 1 & 2:  8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Day 3: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Interested in Presenting?

We are now accepting calls for proposals – submit yours today!

Symposium Registration Fee

$695 Early Bird Special!  Register by May 15, 2017 and save $100 of the regular Symposium rate. (Rate after May 15 is $795.) Registration fee includes:

  • All materials (most materials will be provided digitally)
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment break on Days 1 and 2
  • Continental breakfast on Day 3
  • Afternoon reception on Day 2

A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same organization who register together.

“The UDL Symposium was such a great opportunity for me to ‘refresh’ my knowledge and understanding of UDL. With such diverse speakers and participants, I experienced UDL as interpreted through many different lenses and my knowledge was enhanced by the experiences and perspectives of all who attended. I love choice, and having choice of varied learning sessions supported my own personal interests and professional needs in UDL. Taking these three days to ‘live’ UDL was a great decision for me. This experience will really pay off in my work, and my future thinking about UDL.”

Elizabeth Dalton, Ph.D.

 Check out Social Media Highlights from the 2016 UDL Symposium!

Participants from CAST's 2016 UDL Symposium seated in tiered seats with hands raised during a Symposium session.
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Participants from CAST's 2016 UDL Symposium seated at round tables while attending a Symposium session.

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Travel and Hotel

Be sure to arrange your own transportation and hotel. If arriving by air, please use Boston’s Logan Airport.

UMass Boston is accessible via public transportation (Boston’s MBTA, known locally as “The T”).  Take the Red Line to the JFK/UMass stop.  Visit UMass Boston’s Getting Here page for detailed directions.

We are in the process of setting up room blocks at area hotels.  Please check back as this information will be available shortly.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing via fax, email, or mail 10 business days prior to the first day of the Symposium. A full refund, minus a $35 processing fee, will be issued at that time. Cancellations made within 10 business days of the Symposium cannot be refunded (this includes no-shows). Substitute registrations are encouraged.

Contact Us With Questions Regarding This Symposium

Contact Leslie O’Callaghan at 781-245-2212, ext 273 or by email:

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