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Disabled students may require support in accessing all sorts of materials for a range of disability -elated reasons. To make it as straightforward as possible for everyone to access materials, these suggestions may help.
Key Support Areas
- Providing the option of an electronic format is the most accessible as this means the student can manipulate the document to suit, and may find it easier to keep track of the document.
- Materials should be available in advance, as many disabled students would find it hard to read quickly.
- Braille has a minimum two week turn around. Many students with visual impairments prefer electronic formats for lengthy readings but if a handout needs to be referred to in a lecture, for example, then Braille is more useful. Braille can be produced via the UIS Assistive Technology support section with appropriate notice.
- The University house style is consistent with best practice in inclusive materials as it requires a sans serif font such as Tahoma or Arial, a minimum font size of 12, where the text is left side justified.