[Athen] RE: Question -- exams for low vision student

Catherine Stager Catherine.Stager at Colorado.EDU
Tue Dec 3 09:58:12 PST 2013

Hi Kathy,
We strongly encourage delivery of exams in latex from our STEM professors. That is hugely helpful for quick turnaround.
Another little pointer is to flip the exam to landscape for printing purposes. This frequently helps avoid additional formatting.
Did you have other types of guidelines in mind?

Catherine M. Stager
Academic Technology Access Coordinator
Disability Services / Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement
N234 Center for Community
University of Colorado Boulder

From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kathleen Cahill
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:16 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network (athen-list at u.washington.edu)
Subject: [Athen] Question -- exams for low vision student

Hi Colleagues,

We have a number of low vision students in our student population. Most prefer to take an exam using a video magnifier, or in some cases, a handheld magnifier. One of our students prefers to have the entire exam enlarged onto 11x17 inch paper. In the past, she has asked for 18 point font, but the resulting font size can vary depending on the original file. Complicating this matter is math notation on the exam, so even if the base fonts are 18 point font, the superscripts and subscripts are not.

Many faculty prepare exams the day before the test, so we have a limited time frame regarding conversion. Do you have any guidelines you follow regarding exam accommodations for low vision students? We are trying to help the student move toward magnification devices rather than enlarged print.

Thanks for any ideas you might have.


Kathleen Cahill
Assistive Technology Specialist
MIT ATIC (Assistive Tech. Info. Center)
77 Mass. Ave. 7-143
Cambridge MA 02139
(617) 253-5111
kcahill at mit.edu<mailto:kcahill at mit.edu>

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