Print Accessibility


Accessible Print refers to printed materials that have been made accessible for persons with disabilities. Students with limited mobility, print-based learning disabilities, or who have complete or partial vision loss often require Accessible Print materials in order to have equal access to academic coursework. In this section you will find information on how you can help to provide accessible print materials to all students in your courses. 

Some students, primarily low-vision and blind students, will require that all in-class print materials are made accessible to them. Typically this involves providing the student with accessible digital copies of Power-Point slides, handouts, or in-class assignments. Below are a list of resources to help you create accessible digital copies of your print materials before distributing or presenting them in your classroom.

Individual faculty are responsible for making sure that course materials posted on Blackboard and other online course management systems are accessible to all students. This includes PDFs, Power Point slides, and links to outside resources. Below are a list of resources to help you create accessible print materials before posting them online. 

Occasionally, students or faculty members may need make accessible copies of course documents, journal articles, or textbook excerpts. This can be done by using one of the Overhead (Bookeye) scanners in the Watson or Anschutz Libraries. Selecting the option to create a Searchable PDF will run the OCR (optimal character recognition) software and allow the PDF to be read by ace screen and text readers.

Faculty and students may also use the Accessibility or Large Format scanners located in various libraries across campus. 

The Student Access Center (SAC) helps to put qualified students in touch with accessible formats of their textbooks each semester. Because acquiring or converting to accessible formats takes time and labor, it is important for faculty to submit their book lists to the bookstore as early as possible. If you are considering adopting an online textbook, please be sure that it has been tested for accessibility. If you have any questions about whether an online textbook is accessible, please email accessprint@ku.edu

You may be contacted by SAC in cases where information on required readings has not yet been made available to students requiring accessible print materials. For more information, please consult our Accessible Print information page.