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Using the Climbing Wall to Promote Full Access through Universal Design

Michelle Grenier, Nate Fitch, Jesse Colin Young


Universal Design for Learning is a method of delivering instruction that can be utilized to provide an array of challenges when teaching Adventure Education and in particular, the climbing wall. Adventure Education combines experiential learning, physical activity, and group facilitation techniques, which physical education teachers can implement as a way to build an inclusive classroom. The advantage of an Adventure Education curriculum is that it is typically non-competitive and performed in a predictable environment. When utilized in combination with Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the climbing wall is an effective tool for providing students with disabilities access to the physical education curriculum. 

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Adventure education; climbing wall; disability; Universal Design for Learning

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