Resources and Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can Academic Support Services support my study abroad experience?

A: Planning to study abroad? Please review the Health & Wellness Study Abroad Orientation which includes some important things to consider and plan in advance. If you have accommodations at Pitzer we encourage you to meet with Academic Support Services early on to discuss your study abroad interests and accommodation needs. Together we can explore resources and services in your study abroad interests and the level of support offered by the international educational institutions.

Q: I am an International student, Domestic or International Exchange student, studying at Pitzer for one semester or longer.  How do I get accommodation for a disability?

A: International students who have a documented disability will follow the steps listed on the Academic Accommodations Website to establish accommodations. Academic Support Services works in partnership with the Study Abroad and International Programs team to support students and help identify resources.

Q: How can I make accessible flyers and newsletters?

A: Please review the following Best Practices for creating accessible flyers:


  • Use font that is clear and easy to read
  • Use high contrast colors
  • Use adequate font size
  • Use actual selectable text (instead of images or pictures of text)
  • Label any pictures/images with alternative text.
  • Use concise and meaningful text for links
  • Label hyperlinks in a way that conveys the purpose of the link.
    • Example: Please visit the PASS website for more information about accommodations.
  • Include contact information and information on how to request accommodations for the event.
  • Provide a text transcript of the information presented on the flyer
  • Watch the Design for Accessibility Canva Webinar for free on Youtube!


  • Don’t use a busy background, but if you must, create textboxes with solid background behind text, or avoid putting information in the busy areas.
  • Don’t use color as the only method to distinguish or emphasize important text or links.
  • Don’t use images of text. Screen readers cannot read images.
  • Screen readers will read links on the page, so the link text should describe where the link will go. Avoid using the following phrases as link text as they won’t make sense out of context:
    • Click here
    • More
    • Read more
    • Find out more
    • Click for details

Q: Where can I find additional resources on creating accessible media?

A: WebAIM is an excellent resource to assist with accessible design, creating accessible media and websites. WebAIM also has a free color contrast checker tool.

Additional Resources:

Accessibility for visual designers

Accessibility for content designers

Introduction to web accessibility