Course Material Guidelines

All course materials shown in class and posted on Canvas or Blackboard need to be accessible to all students with disabilities. This includes but is not limited to Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, PDFs and Microsoft Word documents.
Here are some pointers to consider:


  • Research shows that sans-serif fonts are more easily read on computer monitors than are serif fonts
  • Try to limit use of different fonts
  • Limit use of all CAPS, italics or bold text


  • For 508 compliance, alternative text must be available and readable by screen readers - software that allows blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display.
  • Limit images on course material to those that have a purpose rather than for aesthetic
  • Alternative text should communicate the image or graphic’s purpose or the information it is conveying

Color Contrast

  • Keep a high contrast between the background color and the font color
  • Avoid extremely bright colors as a background color as it makes text very hard to read

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