The legal standard is that instructional materials must be available in an accessible format at the same time, and with the same ease of use that materials are provided to students without disabilities. It is the responsibility of faculty, administration, and staff to provide accessible course materials for students. Accessible materials include:

  1. Readings, handouts, assignments, and exams
  2. Video and other media
  3. Course websites

The easiest method is to plan your course so that all materials are already accessible

Tips for creating accessible materials:

  • Provide appropriate alternative text for images and other non-text content
  • Use headings to structure your content
  • Do not rely on color alone to convey meaning
  • Use bulleted or numbered lists where appropriate
  • Use tables to convey data. Do not use tables to structure your page.
  • Provide clear and meaningful links
  • Caption and/or provide transcripts for media

Resources for creating accessible materials:

Try out a text to speech reader

A text to speech reader converts digital text to audio. If you would like to test your documents for accessibility, try uploading them to a text to speech reader. An easy one to try is NaturalReader

Students who have print-disabilities and/or visual disabilities will receive alternate format accommodations.  If you are supporting a student with an alternate format accommodation SAS will work closely with you to assist and ensure the student’s needs are met.