Creating Accessible Course Materials

All materials distributed to students, whether in-class or online, in hard copy or electronic format, by faculty or TA, must be accessible to those who use adaptive technology software, such as screen readers. This page has various resources on how to make your course materials accessible for all students. 

If you would like to learn more about screen readers, we have a Screen Reader Quick Start Guide created by Kevin Andrews available to download as a pdf or word doc.

Tips for Making Your Course Materials Accessible

  • It is highly recommended that faculty utilize E-Commons for course management. E-Commons is ADA accessible. 
  • Movies, slides, or video, in accordance with Federal Law, must be captioned or subtitled. This includes films and video clips posted online. Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC) is available to support faculty through the process. Please visit our Captioning FAQ's.
  • You can assist the DRC in making textbooks accessible to students by:
    • Identifying your course book selections at least six weeks before classes begin; In order for students to acquire their course materials in an alternate format (audio, Braille, large print), it is essential that faculty confirm reading lists as early as possible.
    • Submitting book information to the Bay Tree Bookstore no later than the end of the previous quarter. Please provide your reading list to the Baytree Bookstore even if you plan to use an off campus bookstore. This ensures ADA accessibility as well as acceptance of  book vouchers for students. (the Literary Guillotine and other off-campus locations are not always accessible for students with visual impairments and the Department of Rehabilitation will not reimburse off-campus bookstores).
    • Apprising the DRC of the status of your materials when you’ve been notified that a student who uses adaptive technology is in your class, so the DRC has the necessary time to create course materials in accessible formats (e.g. Braille, audio format, etc.)
    • Making copies of your syllabi available to the DRC roughly two weeks before the beginning of the quarter, so the DRC is informed about the reading assignment schedule
    • Please provide clean copies of articles. No notes in margin or underlines or crooked photocopies.