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Accessible Course Materials

By Federal law, disabled students must be given "substantially equivalent ease of access" to course materials.  To ensure equivalent access, any course materials need to be prepared as accessible documents.  Examples of course materials include books, articles, Word documents, Powerpoints and any other media that are posted in Moodle, on course websites or distributed in class.

Providing accessible materials not only supports students who use screen readers and other text-to-speech software, but also improves usability for all students across multiple platforms including smart phones, tablets and desktop devices. 

For guidance on how to create accessible course documents, please visit the General Course Material Guidelines website.


Swarthmore College respects the privacy of its students.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs all student record information.