How to make sure your printed publications reach the widest range of people.

  • Kris has dyslexia. Kris finds the structure of printed documents helps to process information.
  • Marlee lives in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara. Access to internet connection is limited. Marlee just needs to grasp key information quickly. Marlee doesn't have time to read complex publications.
  • Kala has a learning disability. Kala needs to be able to understand information about their university admission. People with learning disability need access to all types of information. Not just disability-specific information.
  • Tony is on home detention and unable to access the internet. A printed guide helps Tony understand important information about home detention rules.

Steps to take

  1. Read Vision Australia's guide to inclusive print design and legibility.
  2. Use plain language. If your publication is easy to read it helps more people understand what to do. This includes people with lower reading comprehension.
  3. Use pictures and diagrams where appropriate.
  4. Use a plain, sans serif font, such as:
    • Arial
    • Calibri
    • Helvetica
    • Century
    • Gothic
    • Verdana
  5. Make sure there is significant colour contrast between the text and the background.
  6. Avoid using UPPER CASE, underlining and italics.
  7. Use a minimum of 12 point type size for all text. For large print documents, use a minimum 18 point type size.
  8. Use uncluttered text with no background graphics, patterns and watermarks.
  9. Left align text.
  10. Use bold or larger print for important information.
  11. Print your publication on matte or satin non-reflective paper.

Providing alternative formats

  1. Make sure all printed material is available on request in alternative formats.
  2. Include a statement informing readers of this. For example “this publication is available in alternative formats (such as online, audio tape or braille), on request from people with disability.”
  3. Read our guide to accessible PDF and Word documents.

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Page last updated: 22 June 2021