The University of Newcastle, Australia

Providing Accessible Resources

Some students with disability will have difficulty accessing course materials and resources such as printed, online and spoken information, and will therefore require these resources in an alternative format. This may be due to:

  • Impaired vision or blindness
  • Hearing loss or deafness
  • Disabilities that affect the processing of information (learning disabilities, psychiatric illness, cognitive or intellectual disabilities)
  • Physical disabilities that affect the person’s ability to hold or manipulate printed materials

Teaching staff need to consider designing and creating accessible materials and resources in programs and courses. Many access difficulties can be addressed by providing accessible resources in a range of formats.

Please refer to the Creating Accessible Resources tip sheet for further information about creating accessible course materials and resources, and the Adaptive Technology Guidelines that includes information about the service provided by the Adaptive Technology Centre to academics needing to convert course materials for students with disability.