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Accessible Course Materials

Hampshire is committed to providing accessible course materials for all our students.

Creating Accessible Materials

  • Readings should be in digital form, with their texts selectable and/or searchable by a computer.
  • Scans should be made from clean documents or books, free of notes or scribbles. 
  • The text should be oriented in the right direction, and only one page of text should appear on each scanned page.
  • Details of materials and assignments should be posted online and as much ahead of time as possible.


What do accessible and non-accessible PDFs look like? Watch a text-to-speech program in action trying to read them.

Quick and Easy Document Conversion

If you need to upgrade your materials to a more accessible form, the Robobraille online conversion service does a great job of converting documents into accessible formats with computer-readable text.

Convert a file now!

Study Aid Software

Kurzweil 3000, a powerful text-to-speech and study aid program, is available to all current Hampshire students, faculty, or staff. Our site-wide Kurzweil license includes Mac and Windows versions as well as access to the Kurzweil web app, which can be used online or on an iPad. Students using Kurzweil can access the program on their own personal computers. Kurzweil 3000 also has a built-in free library of classic literature.

Learn more and register

For Help

If you are in need of specific assistive technology for a documented disability, please visit our disclosure and accommodation request page to learn more.

  • The director of accessibility resources and services is the primary contact for students needing accommodations, and the faculty who teach them:
  • The general point-person for accessible course materials is Stephanie Friedman in IT. Contact her for an accessibility assessment of existing materials, or general help and advice on this topic:
  • For help finding fresh electronic versions of articles and resources, contact your school librarian.
  • For help scanning, you can ask your school administrative assistant, IT school support specialist, or the Duplications Center.

Accessibility Resources

For an in-depth look at making course activities and materials accessible, check out the Five College Accessibility website.

Additional accessibility standards for instructional materials can be found at edX's Accessibility Best Practices for Developing Course Content.

Stay In Touch
With The IT Accessibility Working Group
Snail Mail
The IT Accessibility Working Group
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002