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The Open Access project is based on the foundation that access to quality curriculum and instruction, and participation and active engagement with learning in inclusive settings can be achieved for our students with disabilities by:

  • implementing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) across all learning environments;

  • incorporating digital tools and/or Assistive 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.


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 project is designed to provide:

  • universal shared resources and tools, and

  • options for technical assistance and resources to assist SELPA Lead teams in building capacity in implementation across one or more key areas related to eliminating barriers to access



 What is Universal Design for Learning? The practice that recognizes and supports the variability of all learners by incorporating the principles of multiple means of engagement, representation, and action or expression in    educational design and implementation.


What is Assistive Technology?  The practice of matching modified, customized or specialized tools and equipment to support the individual needs of students to access learning. 


What is Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)?  Is the practice of matching tools and strategies to support the complex communication needs of students with disabilities that affects their ability to use verbal communication, and to develop their ability to participate in the critical learning and social activities of school.