Top 6 Ways to Ensure Accessible Instructional Materials

 Top 6 Ways to Ensure Accessible Course Materials at Mount Holyoke College

1.    Post your required books to the booklist

  • July 1 for Fall/ December 1 for Spring.
  • No books? Indicate “no books required” in MyMountHolyoke.
  • Faculty are not required to find electronic books for students OR change their book selections based on accessibility needs in their courses.
  • Click here for directions and FAQ.

2.    Provide handouts as Word Documents, PowerPoint presentations, or PDFs

  • Via Moodle, email, or Google Drive. 
  • Use Sans Serif fonts whenever possible.
  • Create PowerPoint Presentations by using auto-layouts.
  • Choose effective color contrast and avoid these color combos: red/blue, red/green, dark green/black/blue/black, shades of gray or tan
  • Do not use color alone to convey meaning.
  • Click here for detailed document guidelines ( 

3.    Work with LITS liaison, LITS Circulation Desk, and AAS to find or create high-quality scanned documents

 4.    Follow the scanning guidelines if you scan your own documents

  • Post scanned documents as PDFs.
  • Scan in black and white (text only) or grayscale (text and images/photos).
  • Use only “clean” source materials, e.g. no handwritten underlining or notes and no color highlighting
  • Scan your document as a 1-page rather than 2-page scan.
  • Check for cut-off text, shadows, and missing page numbers.
  • Make sure your PDF has selectable text and OCR the document if it does not.
  • Be consistent with file names and post your document right-side up.
  • Click here for scanning directions: (
  • Click here for OCR directions: (

5.    Be mindful of large print needs in your class

6.    Survey your video and audio files 

  • Videos must be captioned.
  • Audio must have a corresponding transcript.
  • Contact AccessAbility Services for questions about captioning videos.