Several articles have addressed the importance of universal design for learning (UDL) and assessment, taking the direction of how these approaches are designed and delivered to reach all learners. However, if we think about the three principles of UDL — multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression, and multiple means of engagement — we actually move beyond just consideration of the access issues.
Vocational evaluation (VE) and assessment are examples of assessment approaches that complement a UDL philosophy. Individuals who are fortunate to complete a vocational evaluation have had the opportunity to explore a variety of career areas (multiple means of representation), showcase their abilities and aptitudes through the process (multiple means of expression), and had a voice in the direction of their evaluation (multiple means of engagement). An evaluator at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fisherville, VA reflects on the benefits of this process at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5SrdkFrry