Instructional materials

All students must have equal access to instructional materials and course content

Indiana University has an ongoing commitment to provide all students with equal access to instructional materials.

Accessible instructional materials are materials that are designed to be usable by the widest range of students possible, including individuals with disabilities.

Textbooks and course packs

Place orders for textbook and course packets as early as possible: at least six weeks before the start of the course. Textbooks and course packets often need to be converted into alternate formats for students with disabilities.

Unfortunately, the conversion process can take weeks or months to complete. Placing orders as early as possible helps provide enough time to have alternate formats ready by the start of the course.

Electronic documents

With a little awareness, creating accessible electronic documents is not difficult.

IU IT Training offers online tutorials and training sessions––live or recorded––that can help you create accessible documents in common formats (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, PDFs, and Excel). Use our guide to creating accessible documents to learn more.

Additional materials

Both IU’s Disability Services for Students and the UITS Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers offer additional resources and support for accessible materials.