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High Contrast Content

High contrast content refers to the use of high contrast on class materials such as presentation slides, diagrams used for teaching, etc.

High contrast content provides students with visual impairments or visual processing deficits the ability to more clearly understand classroom materials. The amount of contrast necessary will depend on the student's level of sight or processing difficulty which necessitates that the faculty member collaborate with the student or as an alternative, the faculty member should create materials with the maximum amount of contrast especially on materials that are critical to learning the content of the course. Sometimes this can be done with a choice of colors that are very divergent but for some students, black on a white background is necessary for them to have sufficient contrast.



Students are responsible for working collaboratively with the services for students with disabilities office and faculty in determining what kinds of materials and contrast needs they have in terms of class materials.


Faculty are responsible for collaborating with the student, in a manner that maintains the student's privacy, to provide class content that is adequately high contrast.


It is the responsibility of the services for students with disabilities office to provide support to faculty in their efforts to provide students high contrast content.


Related Functional Characteristics

Low Vision : High contrast content may allow students to see visual information that would be otherwise difficult or impossible to process.

Contrast Vision Deficiency : High contrast content may allow students to process visual information more quickly.

Color Vision Deficiency : In some cases of color vision deficiency, high contrast content can allow the student to distinguish the differences between colors.

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