Alternative formats

You may prefer to access reading materials in alternative formats. This will allow you to customise the presentation of the content to meet your requirements, use accessibility tools or convert the document to a different language.

Alternative Formats

We’ve designed our content to be as accessible as possible.

If you require material that has been uploaded to Moodle in alternative formats, you can use Blackboard Ally to download documents in a range of more accessible file formats.

For material not hosted on Moodle, you can use SensusAccess.

If you experience barriers, you can request alternative formats. For more information please contact us

The Kent alternative formats documents (on this page) outline the processes to follow for staff and students to access and create alternative formats.

Copyright conditions of use

You can make an accessible copy if you own the copyright (eg, it's your own work), have permission from the copyright holder, if the copyright has expired, or if it's for someone with a print disability.

If so you need to agree that:

  • the copy won't be shared with others
  • you can't find a commercially available version in an appropriate format
  • you abide by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, Section 31A (Disabled persons: copies of works for personal use).

Contact us for copyright advice: copyright@kent.ac.uk

Find out more about copyright exceptions for disability.

Using accessibility tools to read an alternative format

Most operating systems now include functionality for adapting content to be more accessible. For example text-to-speech tools in Apple’s OSX

Similar features are also in mainstream applications, such as the Immersive Reader tool in Microsoft Office which can read text aloud and allow the user to customise the visual appearance of documents to meet their preferences.  

Please see the Kent Productivity Tools pages to explore software and apps that can assist you. For more information for your specific devices please see the My Computer My Way site.

Please contact us for more help and advice.

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