Dear campus community,

When sending information via email, it is important that this information is presented in a way that is accessible to audiences of all abilities. I have noticed an increase in the use of JPG and PDF flyers that are sent out via email. While these flyers are visually pleasing and catch your attention immediately, they are not accessible to our students, faculty and staff who have vision loss and use screen reading software to interact with the computer.

Screen reading software converts text into audible speech so that a visually impaired individual can read information on a computer or tablet. The software is not able to read text in an image or picture, such as a JPG file.

When sending out emails to campus, it is important that ALL information within a flyer created as a JPG, or other image type, is also typed out in the body of the email. This will ensure that individuals using screen reading software will have access to all information included in the email. You should also include both an email address and telephone number to accommodate all abilities and communication preferences.

When promoting an event or a news item to the campus community, you are likely already using Marketing and Communications’ Publicity Request Form. If you attach a flyer to your request form, please ensure that all of the content of the flyer is typed out in the form, too.

If you are sending an email that contains a flyer, please ensure that all of the content of the flyer is typed out within the body of the email.

If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at (816) 271-4330,,, or stop by Eder 203.

Thank you for your help in making our campus a welcoming and accessible place for all.

Mike Ritter

Accessibility Resource Coordinator

COVID-19 Information for Students and Faculty

Everything you ever wanted to know about adding captions. From the National Deaf Center on Post-secondary Outcomes.

Missouri Western State University maintains a membership in the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). Here is a link to important information from AHEAD and the Office for Civil Rights related to transitioning courses to the online environment while supporting the civil rights of students with disabilities throughout the current global health crisis.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released several videos in American Sign Language to provide information about COVID-19 to the deaf community. Here is the link to the video series.

As we continue to adapt our spring semester to the rapidly changing and unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic, MWSU President, Matt Wilson, presented a town hall information session to explain the options available to students for completing the spring semester. Students have several options from which to choose and should work directly with each of their instructors to determine the best path forward. Here is the link to President Wilson’s information session.

We understand this is a time of anxiety and uncertainty for the campus community. In order to answer your questions and keep you informed, we have created a web page where you can find regular updates on how the Coronavirus is impacting the University. Here is the link to that information. For students with disabilities, we will do everything in our power to make sure you continue to have equal access to the same opportunities made available to your peers. If you have any questions about accommodations, please contact our Coordinator, Mike Ritter, at