all UDL is the collaborative endeavour of five Montreal area post-secondary institutions. Each partner institution is unique in their path towards furthering UDL implementation, yet share the common goal of striving toward increased student success through access.
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    Centennial College

    Centennial College

    Centennial College is a private college located in Montreal, QC. Centennial offers a pre-university Social Science and Commerce Program and a Science and Commerce Tremplin Program. We aim to provide a successful educational experience for students who have diverse learning needs. Our mission is to develop autonomous resilient learners through collaboration and innovation. In order to achieve this mission, the Centennial has adopted the philosophical framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

    Centennial’s tools and techniques to promote the UDL framework in the classroom include: online course materials, handouts and assignments; diverse course presentation methods (e.g., lectures, discussions, videos); diverse evaluation/assessment methods (e.g., written, oral, interactive, experiential) and text-to-speech literacy tools. Our unique approach also includes C-Space: a mandatory one-hour period, per course, per week, in which students can study, complete assignments and receive coaching from their teacher. C-Space gives students the opportunity to practice learning strategies under the guidance of their teacher and also gives them the confidence to ask questions, seek help and work independently. The Centennial staff and administration meet weekly to review best practices and to further develop courses through the UDL framework. Centennial recognizes that this is a process that requires ongoing discussion, reflection and collaboration amongst all stakeholders in the institution.

    For further information please contact:

    Maggie Owen
    Academic Dean at Centennial College 



    Le centre de recherche pour l’inclusion scolaire et professionnelle des étudiants en situation de handicap (CRISPESH) est un centre collégial de transfert de technologie en pratiques sociales novatrices (CCTT-PSN) affilié au cégep du Vieux Montréal et au collège Dawson.

    Le CRISPESH est un organisme à but non lucratif qui contribue à l’avancement des connaissances, au développement et à la promotion de pratiques sociales favorisant l’inclusion scolaire, sociale et professionnelle des personnes en situation de handicap. Il réalise son mandat par des activités de recherche appliquée, de transfert, de service-conseil et de formation.

    Le CRISPESH offre différents services pour développer et mettre en place des initiatives qui relèvent de l’innovation sociale. Adoptant une démarche collaborative, le centre s’associe aux organismes communautaires, aux milieux de l’éducation et aux entreprises pour répondre à leurs besoins en matière d’inclusion sociale des personnes en situation de handicap.


    Développement et mise en oeuvre de projets de recherche appliquée en collaboration avec les milieux scolaires, professionnels et communautaires, en fonction de leurs besoins (incluant de la recherche de financement).


    Identification et implantation de stratégies menant à de meilleures pratiques d’inclusion des personnes en situation de handicap dans les milieux scolaires et professionnels.


    Développement de formations sur mesure pour favoriser l’inclusion sociale des personnes en situation de handicap en fonction des besoins des différents milieux.


    Le Collège Dawson et le CRISPESH offrent à la communauté et aux personnes en situation de handicap les services éducatifs et d’accompagnement de leur laboratoire en technologies adaptatives.

    Pour de plus amples renseignements, s’adresser à :

    Catherine Loiselle

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    Dawson College

    Established in 1968, Dawson College became the first Anglophone College in the Cégep network.  Today, with a total enrollment of over 10,000 students in day and evening programs, Dawson College is also the largest public college in Quebec.  Within Dawson’s mission statement are two fundamental statements: “to provide a sound education in English to the broadest possible student population” and “to value the ethnic and cultural diversity of our College and to celebrate this diversity within the context of an English education”. A pioneer in promoting inclusion throughout the institution, Dawson has been providing services and accommodations to students with disabilities long before this kind of support was funded, or even officially recognised, by government. 

    Dawson has developed a rich culture of research in the area of disabilities and inclusion through the work of Dr. Catherine Fichten and the Adaptech Research Network.  Currently, other Dawson researchers are engaged in a number of initiatives based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning, including the establishment of a Faculty Learning Community to promote Universal Design across disciplines.  In partnership between the Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Dawson College, the College Technology Transfer Centre in Innovative Social Practices (CCTT-PSN), the Centre de Recherche pour l’inclusion scolaire et professionnelle des étudiants en situation de handicap (CRISPESH) works to develop research activities with the goal of supporting the educational, social and professional inclusion of individuals with disabilities. 

    Dawson College has also undertaken a commitment to transform teaching and learning spaces by moving away from the traditional classroom environment of chairs, desks, and black or white boards, and incorporating active learning classrooms, interactive technology and academic and para-academic activities that move students out of classrooms and labs altogether.  At Dawson, inclusion takes many different shapes; it is woven into the fabric of the teaching and learning culture and it embraces the entire Dawson community. 

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    John Abbott College

    John Abbott College (JAC), known as having excellent teachers is an English language institution located on the western tip of the island with a student enrolment approaching 7,000.  We offer two types of programs: two –year pre-university programs that lead to university, and three-year career or professional programs designed to lead directly to the labour market. The staff, as well as the student body, is multicultural, representing more than 100 countries.  We have 300 students who have self-identified as having a physical or learning disability and as any other educational institution; all of our students have various learning styles and levels of academic skills.

    UDL is very much a part of the philosophy of John Abbott.  John Abbott embraces using multiple means to delivery concepts and information through reading, hands on and practical experiences. The College makes a practice of reaching out to students from various cultural communities by acknowledging contributions of people from all over the world.  It makes an effort to design environments that address the possible barriers of the diversity of students on campus which includes: age, gender, learning or sensory preference, physical ability. For example courses may offer an oral exam to a student who is blind or severely dyslexic.

    The Academic Dean is committed in making UDL a standard practice at JAC.and the college has been represented in participating in several conferences in the Quebec Region and in New Brunswick which focused on the philosophy of UDL. Efforts of the UDL project include the creation of a class profile document-- a confidential survey to provide teachers with information as to the type of students and their needs to direct and design teaching methods. As well other UDL tools and tips are posted on the teacher’s College web portal. Meetings and discussions of UDL have been held with all Deans and Departmental Chairs to assist in the publicity and gathering of information for the development of the toolkit. And a “Show & Tell UDL “session has been planned where teachers will share how they are using the UDL approach in the classroom. Also, there are 18 dedicated teachers who compose a campus UDL advisory team.

    For further information please contact:

    Brenda Rowe
    UDL Pedagogical Counsellor

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    Recognized as one of Quebec’s top pre-university colleges, Marianopolis College boasts a diverse student body comprised of about 2,000 students from over 175 public and private high schools, English and French, from Quebec and abroad. Recognizing the value of inclusive education, Marianopolis encourages a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach that helps all students (both those with and without disabilities) achieve academic success. In fall 2013, Marianopolis partnered with four other English institutions (Centennial College, Dawson College, John Abbott College and McGill University) on a Ministry-funded project to develop a UDL kit for faculty. In winter 2015, a Marianopolis teacher began to integrate UDL principles in her French class. The project was a success and UDL continues to be implemented in the next level of French in winter 2016, providing students with continuity in UDL practices. In addition, continuous efforts are being made to sensitize and assist teachers in the implementation of UDL practices.

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    McGill University

    Founded in 1821 McGill University is a leading institution of higher education in Canada, and the world. Recognized around the world for teaching and research excellence, McGill is home to an incredibly diverse student population. Our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country with students coming to McGill from some 150 countries. McGill is a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, 300 programs of study, and 40,000 students. The University partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year. At McGill we strive to build a community of people who love to teach and are excited to learn. We strongly believe that diversity and differences of ideas and cultures enrich the student experience and are committed to providing programs and services which are student-centered, inclusive and reflective of McGill’s diverse community.

    The Office for Students with Disabilities, in collaboration with key stakeholders and partners from across the University, promote the pedagogical framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to create inclusive learning environments which are equally accessible to our diverse student population. We provide professional development opportunities for Faculty, Students and Staff on the topics of Access, Inclusion and Universal Design to support our community in the development if sustainable pedagogical practices which respond to the diverse needs to students. There is a growing interested from course instructors in exploring and implementing the UDL framework in their classrooms. A highlight of UDL promotion at McGill was the “UDL: Canadian Perspectives” conference in May 2015. More than 300 participants participated in the conference and discussed UDL implementation in a national and international context. With additional funding being allocated towards UDL implementation and promotion, McGill continues its work on creating accessible and inclusive learning environment and supporting student wellbeing and success.