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Screen Reader Accessible Content

Screen Reader Accessible Content is computer or internet content used in the classroom that is readable by screen reader software.

Digital text-based content used in a classroom needs to be checked for usability with screen reader software if there is a student in the class who requires the use of a screen reader. Screen readers may have difficulty processing internet content due to several factors (e.g. HTML formatting or the use of multiple tables in a webpage), and there are computer programs that are not compatible with screen readers. In collaboration with the faculty member, the student can test the content or software with their screen reader in advance of needing to the content for class.

Responsibilities


Student

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the services for students with disabilities office if they require content to be screen reader accessible, and to communicate with faculty about their needs. Students should alert the services office if there are any problems with using a screen reader to access content.

Faculty

Faculty are responsible for coordinating with the student and the services for students with disabilities office to make class content accessible for a screen reader.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office should notify faculty of the student?s right to have screen reader accessible content, and facilitate communication between the student and faculty.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Visual Tracking Problem : Internet or computer content should be screen reader accessible because students may use a screen reader to help them process text.

Low Vision : Internet or computer content should be screen reader accessible because students may use a screen reader to listen to electronic information.

Blindness : Internet or computer content should be screen reader accessible because students may use a screen reader to listen to electronic information.

Processing Deficit (Visual) : Internet or computer content should be screen reader accessible because students may use a screen reader to help them process text.

Processing Deficit (Language) : Screen Reader Accessible Content allows students to use auditory input, via a screen reader, to improve their comprehension.

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