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Attend University accessibility events where you can learn more about making digital resources accessible, discuss related topics, and advocate for inclusion.

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Designing Accessible Maps for All!

Presenters

  • Amy
    Ellison
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Ruth
    MacDonald
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Kitty
    Hurley
    MN IT Services

Content Formats

  • Documents and PDFs
  • Websites and Applications
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Student Panel on Accessibility

When discussing accessibility, digital or otherwise, there are a lot of things to consider—legal compliance, technical needs, standards, etc. However, at its very core, accessibility is about people. The reason that accessibility is important is because of the people who are affected by inaccessible content.

On April 29, we were very fortunate to have a group of University of Minnesota students who identify as people with disabilities who were willing to discuss their experiences and share how inaccessibility affects them in their lives, careers, and education.

Presenters

  • Ryan
    Machtmes
    Graduate Student, University of Minnesota
  • Kate
    Jirik
    Graduate Student, University of Minnesota
  • Lucas
    Nadolskis
    Student, University of Minnesota
  • Nathan
    Stenberg
    Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

Content Formats

  • All Digital Content
  • Course Activities and Materials
Event

Future of Library Text Accessibility: The Promises and Potentials in EPUB

Much of what makes documents accessible to people with disabilities and their assistive technologies boils down to the file format. Every format comes with benefits and drawbacks when it comes to accessibility. Which format or formats should libraries choose to best benefit their patrons and the needs of archives and discovery? While our current efforts focus mostly on the long-in-the-tooth PDF format, innovations in newer formats, such as EPUB3, have great promise for improved reader experience and accessibility. 

Presenters

  • Kate
    Deibel
    Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries

Related Badging Program Courses

  • Canvas Course Sites Course

Content Formats

  • Course Activities and Materials
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Universal Design

This presentation will introduce how ableist behaviors and attitudes are the roots of an inaccessible society for people with various abilities. It will outline how elements of Universal Design, Universal Design For Learning, and Inclusive Design provide pathways to inequity in higher education.

Presenters

  • John
    O’Neill
    University of Minnesota Duluth

Related Badging Program Courses

  • Canvas Course Sites Course

Content Formats

  • Course Activities and Materials
Event

Make ARIA Sing

ARIA is an important accessibility component that ensures complex web applications will work well with screen-reading software. However, when used incorrectly it can actually make accessibility worse.

Whether you are a soloist or part of a large group, learning the who, what, when, where, why, and how of ARIA can be daunting. Jenn Czeck will be your conductor, leading your site from a cacophony of sound to a harmonious melody. GIFs included.

Jenn is a former UMN employee. She currently works at US Bank as an accessibility consultant.

Presenters

  • Jenn
    Czeck
    Freelance Developer and Accessibility Advocate

Content Formats

  • Websites and Applications
Event

Creating an Accessibility Testing Plan

Once we know the basics of accessibility, it can be a daunting task to actually ensure that our work is accessible. In this session, Jen Sanders will go over the lessons she’s learned in her time as an accessibility-focused developer, things to watch out for, and how to make an effective testing strategy that works for your team. This is the same material as Jen’s presentation at DrupalCon Global 2020, but the content is not exclusive to Drupal. This presentation will be useful for anyone involved in creating accessibility plans—whether they be content creators or developers.

Presenters

  • Jenn
    Sanders
    Office of Information Technology

Content Formats

  • Websites and Applications
Event

Folwell Web Theme Accessibility

When the Folwell Web Theme was created, component accessibility was considered every step of the way. Kathy and Dimitri will talk about the up-front research done for each component, the methods used to properly configure components to be accessible, the testing done for each component during and after development, and the ongoing updates being made to keep Folwell accessible.

Presenters

  • Kathy
    Jensen
    University Relations
  • Dimitri
    Tadege
    University Relations

Related Badging Program Courses

  • Web Content Course

Content Formats

  • Websites and Applications
Event

Introduction to Cognitive Accessibility

When discussing digital accessibility, physical disabilities like visual impairments and limited mobility are well documented. However, cognitive accessibility (often shortened to COGA), for those with cognitive or learning disabilities, is a large part of accessibility that experts are now researching in order to understand how we can provide better online experiences.

In this presentation, Amy will give an introduction to the existing standards for cognitive accessibility.

Presenters

  • Amy
    Drayer
    University Libraries

Related Badging Program Courses

  • Foundations Course

Content Formats

  • All Digital Content
Event

Cultivate Inclusion

The Cultivate Inclusion Kick-off event was held online Aug. 5.

Presenters

  • Various Presenters
    Digital Accessibility Community of Practice

Recording

Content Formats

  • All Digital Content
Event

Accessible Google Docs

Join the Accessibility Ambassadors on Thursday, June 25th, for a presentation by Accessibility Ambassadors Amy Drayer from University Libraries and Khaled Musa of Academic Technology Support Services. 

In this presentation, Amy will go over the ins and outs of how to create Google Docs that are usable by everyone and Khaled will provide a demonstration on using Google Docs with a screen reader, and what navigating an inaccessible Doc is like for screen reader users.

Presenters

  • Amy
    Drayer
    University Libraries
  • Khaled
    Musa
    Academic Technology Support Services, Office of Information Technology

Related Badging Program Courses

  • Documents Course
  • Microsoft Word or Google Docs Course

Content Formats

  • Documents and PDFs