Accessible Media Guidelines

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The American Printing House for the Blind offers these best practices for large print, braille, tactile graphics, PowerPoint™, and assessments.

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Large Print

APH Guidelines for Print Document Design
Guidelines created by APH after a thorough study of current research and an examination of existing standards in the industry.

APHont™ — A Font for Low Vision Readers
A font with characteristics shown to enhance reading speed, literacy, comprehension, and usability for large print users.

The Essential Characteristics of Large Print Maps (.doc)
Drafted by the Large Print Atlas Focus Group, these guidelines provide methods for creating atlases for students with visual impairments.


Unified English Braille (UEB) Cheat Sheet (PDF)
This "cheat sheet" was part of the material distributed for a workshop at the Canadian UEB Summit 2012; it should not be used as a free-standing document as it is not inclusive of all the changes from EBAE to UEB. Also available as a Word® file.

Promising Practices for Transcribing Early Literacy Textbooks — Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades
Draft guidelines developed with members of the BANA Early Materials Production Committee and an APH focus group.

APH Braille Transcription Specifications
These specifications will help braillists transcribe textbooks with the highest quality and most useful methods for blind students.

Tactile Graphics

Guidelines for Design of Tactile Graphics
Best practices for design, symbols, lead lines, labels, indicators & scale and other aspects of tactile graphics.

Tactile Graphics TV (TGTV)
A series of online videos devoted to tactile graphic design. Each episode in the ongoing series addresses one or two aspects of the design process involved in adapting a print graphic (for example, from a textbook) into a readable tactile image.

Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children's Books
Illustrated guide offers teachers, caregivers, and transcribers information about many topics related to creating tactile illustrations for children's books.


PowerPoint Presentations for Persons with Low Vision
A presentation that is accessible to low vision audience members will be more readable for all audience members.


Test Access 1: Guidelines for Computer Administered Testing
Provides accommodations guidelines for computer-based testing of students who are blind and visually impaired.

Test Access 2: Making Tests Accessible for Students with Visual Impairments
A guide for making tests accessible in tactile, large print, and audio formats.

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