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A new website provides information and strategies for creating a more inclusive, accessible University community.
The site, Accessible U, underscores 3 key reasons for accessibility:
- Improves usability for all.
- It's the right thing to do.
- It's the law.
As Bernie Gulachek, University of Minnesota, Interim Vice President for Information Technology states in the video that introduces the site:
...it's important that the university community has resources like this one to help each of us make digital accessibility part of our day-to-day work so that all of us can participate more fully...Accessibility is everybody's everyday responsibility. It's one sure path toward a more inclusive campus.
The site is a treasure trove of information. It not only has tutorials and info on advocacy and policy but also sections geared for instructors and web developers. If you are new to accessibility a good place to start learning is the the Core Skills section. The full site includes the following:
- Adaptive Technologies at the U
- Audit Website Accessibility
- Core Skills
- Planning for Accessibility from the Start
- Accessibility vs. Accommodation
- Accessible Syllabus
- Accessify Your Course
- Course Readings
- Instructional Graphics
- Core Skills for Web Developers
- Content Creators
- Web Designers
- Drupal Lite
- Advocating for Web Accessibility
- Accessibility & Inclusion
- Exploring or Adopting a New Technology
- Impact of Accessibility in Digital Environments
- Making the Case to Leadership