A Word of Thanks

CAST is pleased to join Google in celebrating World Literacy Day by offering these CAST UDL Editions™ of classic texts from world literature.

Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is an approach to creating inclusive educational environments that lower barriers to learning and while supporting learners' individual skills, abilities, and interests. Because of their flexibility and malleability, digital technologies—and especially Web-based tools—dramatically expand our options for providing such supports as compared with exclusively print-based media. The CAST UDL Editions are meant to demonstrate the potential of such technologies for responding to the needs of all kinds of learners.

An extraordinary team worked together to create the CAST UDL Editions offered here. David H. Rose, my co-founder of CAST and its chief education officer, provided many helpful ideas and suggestions. Four talented education specialists—Seoin Lim, Kristin Robinson, Jenna Wasson, and Sarah Willeman—took charge of writing and editing the Strategy Supports, Author's Craft, Glossary, and Resources across three levels for all of the English language texts. David Gordon, Valerie Hendricks, and John Phillips supported this effort. In the project's early days, Bridget Dalton, now of Vanderbilt University, provided helpful suggestions, drawing on her experience and expertise in developing universally designed literacy environments. In Spain, Dr. Carmen Alba Pastor led the development of the UDL Edition of Lazarillo de Tormes. Boris Goldowsky, CAST's Director of Technology, guided a programming and development team that included Erik Ray and Matt Brambilla. Chuck Hitchcock of CAST oversaw accessibility compliance. Lisa Spitz designed an elegant frame and navigation scheme for the UDL Editions. Lisa Poller and Lynn Coppinger managed the project for CAST and kept in touch with Google throughout. Finally, Senior Producer Linda Butler orchestrated this production with much skill and much-needed humor! This was a wonderful team effort.

Anne Meyer, Ed.D.
Co-Founder and Chief of Education Design
CAST, Inc.

CAST, Inc.

Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its efforts to improve education for all learners, especially those with disabilities, by applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to educational environments. UDL research demonstrates that the challenge of diversity can and must be met by making curriculum flexible and responsive to learner differences. To learn more, go to www.cast.org.


Google started as an Internet search engine and advertising company in the 1990's. It now includes an array of technology products and services such as Gmail, Google Earth, and Google Toolbar. Google has stated its mission as "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." To learn more, go to www.google.com/corporate/.


Texthelp Systems Inc. is an assistive technology software company with corporate offices in Antrim, Northern Ireland, and Woburn, Massachusetts. Texthelp markets a range of award-winning software solutions to help people with reading, writing, and literacy difficulties. The company's mission is to provide high quality and innovative assistive technology for any person of any age seeking to develop their language skills through the use of a computer. To learn more, go to www.texthelp.com.


Funding for the development of the UDL Editions by CAST, in association with Google, was provided in part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Project Team

Chief of Education Design and Content Anne Meyer, Ed.D.
Educational Design Consultant David H. Rose, Ed.D.
Instructional and Content Design: Seoin Lim, M.Ed.;
Jenna Wasson, M.Ed.;
Sarah Willeman, M.Ed.;
Senior Producer: Linda Butler
Producer: Valerie Hendricks
Manuscript Editor: David Gordon
Assistant Editor/Intern: John Phillips
Spanish Editorial Team: Carmen Alba Pastor, Director;
Aurora Duque De La Torre;
Javier Fruns Giménez;
Asunción Honrado Marchán;
Paloma León Abío;
Enrique Menendez Alba;
María Inés Soria Pastor
Graphic Design Lisa Spitz
Project Management Lynn Coppinger
Technology Manager: Boris Goldowsky, Ph.D.
Lead Programmer: Erik Ray
Programmer: Matthew Brambilla
Accessibility Compliance Officer: Chuck Hitchcock, M.Ed.


Grateful acknowledgement is made for permission to use the following materials.

All About Coyotes

Call of the Wild

Images for Call of the Wild were taken from the 1912 print edition, now in the public domain (copyright expired).

Gettysburg Address

Glossary (all texts)

Images for the English and Spanish glossaries were obtained from www.clipart.com.

How Coyote Stole Fire

Images for How Coyote Stole Fire were obtained from www.clipart.com.

Sonnet XVIII

Tell-Tale Heart, The