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Supporting Learning and Participation for ALL by eliminating barriers to learning.

The Open Access project is funded by the California Department of Education and the
California Collaborative for Educational Excellence as a Content Lead within
California’s Statewide System of Support. 

The Open Access Project is based in the foundational belief that with access to quality curriculum & instruction, students with disabilities can engage, actively participate, and learn within inclusive settings.

The pathway includes:

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  • implementing the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) across all learning environments;
  • incorporating digital tools and/or accessible technologies (AT) into the design of instruction and measurement of learning; and
  • providing access to augmentative alternative communication (AAC) strategies and supports and a commitment to building communication competence for students with complex communication needs.

Click here for a Quick Overview of the Open Access Project to print and share.

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Get to know the Open Access Project Team, housed within Placer County SELPA, that has developed these resources and supports the capacity building efforts across the state. The growing network of Regional Lead Teams are housed in SELPAs and County Offices across the state to support capacity building in their regions. Regional Implementation Specialists are part of a growing network of trainers and coaches who can support other SELPAs, counties and districts with training and coaching in these content areas. The Advisors are 

individuals who are experts in their fields who help guide these projects.

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The primary goal is to support the development of Regional Lead Teams who support ongoing capacity building efforts (training, coaching and technical support) in three focus areas: UDL, AT and AAC. By supporting more universally designed learning environments, including the tools that can eliminate barriers to learning, we can increase student access to quality curriculum, participation and active engagement with learning in inclusive settings.

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Navigate here to learn more about the training and coaching sequences to support educators in implementing UDL, AT and AAC.


This is also where participants access materials and resources.


Regional Implementation Specialists will also find access to everything needed to set up and deliver trainings.


These pages are password protected for participants and partners.

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Resources & Focus Content Areas

Use the tabs on the menu bar to explore the range of resources developed in the areas of UDL, AT and AAC. Many of the resources have been developed to support  participants in the training and coaching sequences, and they are also available for educators and parents to explore and use.

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Reach out with questions, comments or ideas or to inquire about participating in an Open Access project.

Find out what's currently happening or what's coming up within our network.

In this space you can search for handouts, tools, presentations, and quarterly and annual reports related to our projects.

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Responding to the times.

The global pandemic presented challenges for everyone, across the globe. But it hit our educational community especially hard, and required tremendous effort to shift how we support our students. But we do believe the journey back is a journey forward, and that there are many lessons to be learned in how we can do things differently. 


Use the link below to navigate to the Accessible Distance Learning website, which is full of best practice guidance and curated resource ideas to help educators navigate the world of distance learning.

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For programs supporting complex learners, check out the Road Map for Effective Planning for Distance Learning (Supporting Students with Complex Needs).

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