While considering the cost of your required course materials, it is also important to consider the accessibility of these materials for all students.
- Make your selections early and post them publicly so students enrolling in your courses can work with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to get their materials in time for the first week of class.
- Open Education Resources (OER) give users the right to change the format so they’re accessible—Consult the "Find No/Low Cost Course Materials" tab for a curated list of providers.
- Consider offering course content and materials in multiple formats—e.g., recording lectures or ensuring that videos or audio materials are captioned or have transcripts
- Think about using an e-book; while not all e-books or digital textbooks are accessible, making them accessible is often easier than adapting print materials.
- When creating a web link, use descriptive text; try to avoid using "click here" to indicate a link.
- Avoid using font colors as the only way to convey something. For example, avoid pointers such as "The text highlighted in blue is the main idea."
- Keep things simple. Try to limit the use of more difficult to access materials or presentation methods. If you do use them, be sure to have available an easier to access version as an alternative.
Adapted from "Accessibility Resources for Faculty," Bluegrass Community & Technical College