Accessibility is for everyone. Although there are legal mandates requiring institutions of higher education to make educational materials accessible (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act), accessibility is fundamentally just good page design. Here are two examples of how accessibility benefits everyone:
Pages that are accessible are better organized and therefore more usable by all. Accessible pages render properly on a wide variety of user interfaces, they are easier to navigate, and they convey information in a consistent, logical manner.
If your course documents are not accessible, a screen reader cannot decipher headings, table row and column order, images, etc. Since we do not know who may access our documents, take advantage of the existing accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint to create accessible documents.
VIDEO: View this screen reader demonstration (4 min, 30 sec) to fully understand why accessible content makes a big difference when using a screen reader.
There is a large spectrum of dyslexia and for many, the letters may look backward or just appear jumbled rather than jump around. The example in the above link represents a more severe form of dyslexia.
Other accommodations could be required that are not listed here. Some students have success with a colored overlay so that they are not reading black text on a white background.
As an instructor, if you had already run the Accessibility Checker in Word or PowerPoint on all of your posted files in Canvas, how much would be required of you to accommodate this student?
Since all of your other files are already accessible (as stated above), the student can use screen reading software to access the textbook or any other documents on Canvas without additional effort.
If you have specific questions about proctored exams in the LRC or the difference between Canvas exams versus a Word file, please contact Mandy Kreps (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Macomb/Rushville or Abby Beck (email@example.com) in Canton/Havana.