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Textbook and Course Materials Selection

Ensuring Accessibility of Textbooks and Course Materials

Consider these questions regarding accessibility of digital resources:

  • What types of electronic formats are available?
  • Can all of the text that is displayed be read aloud by text-to-speech software?
  • Is the text/interface navigable with keyboard commands?
  • Is alternative text available for all charts, graphs, and images?
  • Are all videos captioned? Are captions created by a person or are videos “auto-captioned”?
  • Is a transcript included for all audio content (for audio-only content such as podcasts)?
  • Is audio description provided for all video content?
  • How are math equations rendered (e.g. MathType, LaTeX, MathML)?
  • Are materials born accessible or retrofitted?
  • Is a Document Accessibility Profile (DAP) available? 
  • Is a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) available? Please go to for more information.
  • What accessibility standards were followed?
  • How was accessibility tested? 

Faculty who provide learning course materials directly to their students, whether printed or electronic, must ensure the materials are accessible.

Faculty are encouraged to consult with the Access Office on their campus for resources they can use to ensure the accessibility of their course materials. 

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000