Students with a print impairment often require their reading in an alternative format. If you have a student with a print impairment taking your module, you will need to ensure that we know which readings they need so that we can provide them with an accessible copy. The number of readings required will vary according to the individual student’s needs so if you're not sure you'll need to check with the student.
You will need to identify the individual items in your reading lists using the tag ‘Accessible format request’ which will alert us to the items that need scanning. The tags will only be visible to list editors and Library staff and no students on your module will be able to view them. Any questions about this process should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is exactly the same as adding any other tags to your list. For each item you want to request:
The term 'print impaired' refers to people who cannot access printed text, usually due to a visual or physical impairment. We recommend you have a conversation with your student about what specific support they need.
Consider how many texts the student will realistically be able to read and engage with each week.
It takes longer to listen to a text than to read it. It may also take print impaired students longer to make notes about a text. As your module progresses, check with the student that the workload is right for them and adjust as necessary.
Some students use magnification software whilst others might use e-reading software. This could affect what types of resources you can recommend and there may be occasions when you need to think of an alternative.
If a student is using magnification software, providing images will be possible. Graphs, images overlaid with text, equations and images will all work in an accessible pdf with magnification software.
If the student is entirely reliant on e-reading software:
They are a great way of introducing students to original sources but unfortunately they will not work with e-reading software because they are either processed as an image or the font cannot be recognised.
Pre-1700 texts without modernisation of spelling are unlikely to process properly. For example, Chaucerian spelling would not be recognised and the software would be unable to read the document.
If you need to format handouts or documents for class teaching into accessible files, the easiest way to do this is via SENSUS. Again you would need to consider how images, graphs etc would be processed.