Please allow SAS advance access to all class materials so that we can convert the materials into accessible formats in a timely manner.
Canvas needs to be structured for ease of navigation. A student needing magnification cannot as readily rely upon their vision to maneuver through tabs and links, so information must be well organized.
Documents posted to Canvas need to be in an accessible file type in order to be read with adaptive software. In contrast, most scanned documents become a pdf which, while it looks like text, is actually a picture that cannot be read by adaptive software. Word, .rtf, or .html are the preferred file types.
SAS has software that is available to convert documents to accessible formats. However, it will not work well unless the original scan is a clean copy without handwritten notes and underlining. For instance, scans of newspaper articles often have a dark background that makes them almost impossible to convert. SAS and the Dartmouth Library can assist in procuring better quality versions of scans if you do not have them readily available.
Since making documents accessible can require a lot of time and labor, the best strategy is to choose documents and resources that are already in an accessible format. Moreover, please contact SAS' Assistive Technology Team to make course materials accessible, and review our guidance on creating accessible materials for how you can help.