RFB&D is proud to partner with CAST on the development of web-based educational products and services to support students in the development of listening skills and the effective use of those skills in the classroom.

Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

CAST staff includes specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, K-12 professional development, and more.

By defining UDL and exploring its practical applications, CAST is pushing the boundaries of education research, practice, and policymaking.

Recently, CAST has released five new free tools to help teachers meet the challenge of individualizing instruction to meet the diverse needs of students in their classrooms.

Language Arts

UDL Editions by CAST (Ages 10 and up)

UDL Editions by CASTUDL Editions by CAST are classic texts from world literature presented in a flexible online interface that provides just-in-time, individualized supports for struggling readers, and added-value features that engage novice and expert readers alike.

Learning features include leveled supports to build reading strategies and help readers understand the elements of the author’s craft; a Texthelp Toolbar for accessibility and language features; context-specific multimedia glossaries and enrichment activities; and multimedia background resources. Developed with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Introduced in partnership with Google Literacy Project for World Book Day, 2008.

CAST UDL Book Builder™ (Ages 3 and up)

CAST UDL Book BuilderFree online tool enables educators to develop their own digital books to support reading instruction for children aged 3 and up. Teachers create, edit, and save resource-rich texts. Terry, an animated character, guides educators as they write text, choose images, and develop scripts for the prompts, hints, and models that will help build young readers' skills. Developed with support from the Massachusetts Department of Special Education, NEC Foundation of America, The John W. Alden Trust, and The Pinkerton Foundation. Please send comments or suggestions to

Internet Research and Digital Literacy

CAST Strategy Tutor (Ages 10-and up)

CAST Strategy TutorFree online tool to support students and teachers doing reading and research on the Internet. Strategy Tutor helps students read, research, collect and understand information better and more efficiently. For teachers, Strategy Tutor provides a way to easily create web-based lessons embedded with research-based, highly effective learning strategy and vocabulary supports. Developed with generous support from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Improving Teacher Practice

CAST UDL Curriculum Self-Check

CAST UDL Curriculum Self-CheckFree online tool that helps educators build options and flexibility into each element of the curriculum (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) in order to reach and engage all students. Developed with support from the Massachusetts Department of Special Education. Please send comments or suggestions to

CAST UDL Lesson Builder

CAST UDL Lesson BuilderFree online tool that teaches educators to customize standards-based curriculum to meet individual learning needs. Developed in cooperation with the Access Center (American Institutes for Research). Please send comments or suggestions to