Access to Build to Internalize: A Model for International UDL Implementation through Online Professional Development for India and UAE

Presented by Dr. Susie Gronseth, University of Houston, USA; Dr. Elizabeth Dalton, DESI, USA; Dr. Sujata Bhan, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India; Betty Abraham, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India

The Master Course “UDL Implementation from Access to Build to Internalize”, held in January 2021 for teachers, higher education students, and faculty in India and the UAE, focused on preparing educators to teach both about UDL and to teach using the UDL framework.  The ten-hour class was offered in four, 2½ hour sessions held via Zoom, which began with foundations of the inclusive instructional design framework but primarily focused on how it applied to curricular and lesson planning. Course organization focused on core UDL principles, UDL guidelines, and the progressive development of UDL implementation from Access to Build to Internalize.  This webinar will discuss course development, delivery, and outcomes.


Elizabeth Dalton, Ph.D. in Education, was counselor to community college students with disabilities for 13 years, Assistant Professor of Special Education, RI College, for 18 years, and is Director Emeritus of Development & Research, TechACCESS of RI, Rhode Island’s state-wide assistive technology center (which she co-founded in 1991). A post-doctoral fellow in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Leadership at Boston College and CAST in 2010, Dalton currently is 30 principle consultant for Dalton Education Services International (DESI). She has presented or consulted f2f or online in UDL, assistive technology, curriculum, and professional development in India, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Kuwait, UAE, Brunei, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Canada, and the USA.

Dr. Susie Gronseth is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) program area in the College of Education at the University of Houston (Texas, USA) where she coordinates the LDT Master’s and certificate programs and teacher preparation instructional technology courses. She specializes in learning technologies, instructional design, health sciences education, and applications of UDL to address diverse learner needs in online, face-to-face, and blended contexts. She has a background in special education and coordination of educational technology programs at middle school and college levels and has received international recognition for her course design and university teaching.

Dr. Sujata Bhan is Professor and Head, Department of Special Education, SNDT WU in Mumbai with 27+ yrs. of experience in teaching and research. She is a strong proponent of Inclusive Education with passion to create a workforce of teachers who understand and support diversity.

Betty Abraham is Assistant Professor at the Department of Special Education, SNDT WU with 26 yrs. of experience in Special Education. Committed to student success, she is a certified practitioner of ABT, SET, HWT and Jolly Phonics and trained in interventions like Brain Gym, Touch for Health & Aquatics.