Overview

Accessible content is easier for everyone to access. It's the right thing to do, it benefits everyone, and it's the law.

Accessibility essentials

When you create any content for staff or students, including documents, emails, presentation slides, meeting notes, images, blog posts, web pages, videos etc, you're legally obliged to make it accessible for people with disabilities. 

Good news: it's easy and it doesn't take any extra time if done from the start. And everyone will benefit, because it makes your content better all round.

All staff

Start with applying these processes to any text you write:

If you create other media or formats, use these guides as needed:

Then use a tool to check you've got it right - if there are any remaining issues, you'll get specific advice to help fix them.

If you have any access needs yourself, see our guide to accessing content in alternative formats.

Teaching materials

When preparing teaching materials for students, apply these principles in addition to those above:

  1. Kent Inclusive Practices for teaching
  2. Alternative formats guide for teaching staff (docx)

Any materials you upload to Moodle will be automatically checked for accessibility by Blackboard Ally.

Students

Learn how to make your outputs accessible, and gain a key skill that can help your employability. 

If you apply these simple practices, you'll be doing great: 

This guide to accessing content in alternative formats will help you access your learning material in different ways. For example, you can: 

  • convert images of text into real text so you can copy and paste into your favourite note taking app;
  • convert text to an audio file to listen to later, or have it read aloud directly from the document;
  • make the font bigger, change the background colour, and much more

Why accessibility matters

We can help

For more advice or help related to accessing material or creating accessible content, email opera@kent.ac.uk

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