Is this where we talk about Universal Design?
YES! Hopefully this is where the conversation starts--but sorry to say-- it is a growing, changing and developing area of research and I don't know as much as I would like to. However, by introducing a few ideas we can all grow from here. (Again, please let me know what you are doing that is working for your classes. Plus, respond honestly if something I suggest seems unworkable.)
CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) defines Universal Design in Learning (UDL) as
"...a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn...
UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone -- not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs."