Creating a Blind Friendly Classroom

  • It is good practice to e-mail any course materials in advance to a blind student. This gives a student the opportunity to be read along with you, manipulate size or color, or print, should they desire. Some students have the ability to read braille and will be using technology to read electronic files in braille, so materials in advance allow that student to follow along with the lecture.
  • Handouts should be made available at the same time for everyone. Please contact the Office of Accessibility if you need assistance with creating accessible material. Resources are also available on the Office of Accessibility Faculty and Access Academy webpages to assist with the development of accessible materials.
  • When selecting a textbook or other reading materials, select materials that have an electronic version available. Books available in ePub and iBook formats tend to be more accessible than other formats.
  • When requiring the use of technology in class, ensure it provides equal access to the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by technology to students without disabilities. Review Auburn University’s policy on using accessible technology in the classroom.
  • If you refer to photos or images in your teachings, describe those images for anyone who may not be able to see.
  • Describe any material you are writing down. Talk through any images or diagrams.
  • Read the essential content from any slides you reference. • If requested, assist blind and low vision students in finding a seat closer to your lecture.
  • Review University emergency procedures in case assistance is needed to help a student with disabilities during an emergency situation. Visit Auburn University’s Department of Campus Safety and Security emergency website for information on emergency guidelines. The Auburn University app also provides emergency management information.