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Simplify Visual Information

Simplifying visual information involves limiting extraneous color or removing purely decorative design elements from diagrams and other graphics.

Reducing or simplifying the amount of information that is presented visually is beneficial because it directs students' attention specifically to the most critical information. Examples of simplifying visual information are making presentation slides and handouts monochromatic, using pictures only when they convey important information, limiting the use of lines and color, or providing information in multiple graphics instead of one complex diagram. Faculty are responsible for altering their class content to simplify the visual information for eligible students.

Responsibilities


Student

The student is responsible for informing the services for students with disabilities office and faculty if they need simplified visual information. Students should also alert the services office if there are any problems with the simplified visual information.

Faculty

Faculty have a responsibility to coordinate with the student and with the services for students with disabilities office to provide simplified visual information for their class in a manner that maintains the student's privacy and confidentiality.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for notifying the faculty of the student's right to receive simplified visual information, and for facilitating communication between the student and faculty.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Processing Deficit (Visual) : Reducing or simplifying the amount of information presented visually reduces the amount of information to synthesize or analyze.

Attentional Overfocus : Reducing or simplifying the amount of information that is presented visually is beneficial because it directs students' attention specifically to the most critical information.

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