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Disability Resource Centre


Disabled students may require support in accessing all sorts of materials for a range of disability - related 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.
  • 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.


Specific considerations 

For a good overview this resource from JISC describing 6 Tips for Inclusive Teaching is a great starting point.

Word documents

Microsoft Word is a widely used programme for the construction of documents used in teaching.  There are a number of built in tools which can be used to produce resources which are easier to navigate visually and by those using assistive technology. These resources from WebAIM provide a good overview.


This guidance on making presentations accessible from the World Blind Union covers most of the main points to consider.  Also to remember – avoid putting text over any images as that reduces readability.


A pdf is a format which requires additional setting up to make it accessible to disabled students. For a straightforward guide to the process of making those accessible please see these resources produced by the UIS.