In this episode, host Tatiana Perilla interviews Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D., owner and lead consultant at The UDL Approach, about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how this contributes to mental health.
Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized educational consultant in the area of Universal Design for Learning and is the host of the popular podcasts UDL in 15 Minutes and UDL Research in 15 Minutes. A former special educator, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship with CAST and Boston College. While there, she wrote the best-selling book Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning which was based on her work as the UDL Coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana from 2007 – 2012. The second edition of that book will come out in February of 2021. Since 2013, she has provided long-term training and workshops across the US and internationally including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Malawi, Singapore, and Uganda. Other publications include a co-authored a chapter for the book Research-based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability titled “The role of technology in implementing universal design for learning” and a co-authored book titled, Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach. Her third book about UDL is interactive. It is titled A Tree for All: Your Coloring Book of UDL Principles and Practice. Building on that theme of interaction, she also created a card game called Go Fishing with UDL. Loui lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and 5 (yes, 5) cats and enjoys running, reading, and traveling.