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Guidelines for academic materials

Some academic material can be inaccessible to students with a print or learning disability. A number of factors can reduce the impact and will very often result in an improved learning experience for the students.

Some options are to reformat in:

  • Braille
  • etext
  • audio
  • or large print.

The quality and early availability of material improves the ability to provide timely delivery of alternative formats to registered students.

Accessibility guidelines

To ensure teaching material is accessible to all students, the most important factors to consider are:

  • selection of course readings or texts which are available from publishers in electronic format
  • creation of handouts and readers in an electronic text format such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, accessible PDF, rtf or txt files, or accessible web pages
  • early availability of readings and reading lists prioritised in week order (teaching material should be available to all students at least four weeks prior to the beginning of semester).

Course material should:

  • be first generation photocopies
  • be black print on white background
  • be aligned correctly
  • have clear page numbers
  • use a sans serif font
  • be appropriate text size (12pt for Monash produced materials)
  • be not more than one page of text per photocopied page nor reduced photocopies or scans
  • have complete bibliographic details for all books and articles.

See disability resources for staff for materials to support students in teaching and learning.

Related links

  • What is disability?
  • Understanding disability
  • Disability legislation
  • Reasonable adjustments?