12 August 2022

Present information in different ways to support access and understanding

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13’

Support under­standing with visuals

Support under­standing with visuals

Offer information in more than one way.

Use symbols and graphics to illustrate text.

Keep the layout clean and uncluttered.

Support access using technologies

Support access using technologies

Technologies offer multiple benefits for students.

They enable teachers to offer flexible options and supports to everyone.

  • Students can personalise information to suit accessibility needs and preferences.
  • Enables multi-sensory approach to sharing information.
  • Enables visual and written information to be easily presented together.
  • Allows students to rewind and revisit information and content as needed.
  • Enables students to view videos supported by captions and transcripts.
  • Increases student's confidence that they will be able to access information in ways that work for them.

Take a multi-sensory approach

Take a multi-sensory approach

Offer students multiple opportunities to build understanding using all their senses.
  • Offer real experiences, physical activities and manipulables to support understanding.
  • Support text and spoken information with photos, graphics, audio, and video.
  • Present digital text rather than printed text so that students can personalise it by changing the font size and design or by listening to it.
  • Use blogs, wikis, and online tools such as Moodle to bring together different versions of content in one place (for example, by using a YouTube video, a graphic, and some text).

Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

A how-to guide to get students up and running with Read and Write for Google.

Note: The text-to-speech features are free for students.

Play video content with closed captions on

Play video content with closed captions on

Closed captions increase access to video content.

Here's how to find them in YouTube.



  • Search for YouTube and open the home page.

  • Type search subject (for example “frogs”) into YouTube search bar and press return key.

  • On left of screen, click the tab called “Filters” and a menu box will open.

  • Select “subtitles/CC” under the Features list.

  • Select a video from the selection of filtered videos presented by YouTube.

  • Check for accuracy before sharing with students.

Useful resources

Useful resources


Secondary education support pack

Publisher: Down's Syndrome Association

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “Down syndrome and learning”