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Faculty's Role in Providing Students with Accessible Formats of Class Materials


Faculty members play an important role in helping the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to provide class materials in accessible formats for students. The process of providing a student with a digital file to enlarge or use with a screen reader and/or audio files can take the DRC up to six weeks . Therefore, the earlier we know what the textbooks and other class materials for the next semester will be, the more timely the manner in which we can provide the materials to students.


What Can I Do as a Faculty Member to Assist the DRC in Providing Accessible Formats to Students with Disabilities?

  1. Inform the EMU bookstore of the textbooks and other materials that you plan to use for the next semester at least six weeks before the start of the semester .
  2. If you cannot inform the EMU bookstore that far ahead of time, respond promptly to DRC and/or student email requests for textbook titles in advance of the start of the semester.
  3. If you are requiring a coursepack and other handouts, please have an electronic copy of the coursepack and handouts in Word or accessible PDF available whenever possible. That way, students can use software to enlarge or listen to the documents.
  4. Provide all handouts in advance of using them in class. That way, students have time to ask the DRC to convert the materials to an accessible format.
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