Cultivate Inclusion Challenge Celebrations

I Completed the Cultivate Inclusion Challenge!

I completed a Digital Accessibility Badging Program course.

I introduced a digital accessibility topic at a meeting.

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I completed a Digital Accessibility Badging Program course.

I learned and practiced a new digital accessibility skill.

Attend Events and View Recordings

Upcoming Events

Past Event Information & Recordings

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Make ARIA Sing

Presenters

  • Jenn
    Czeck
    Freelance Developer and Accessibility Advocate

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Creating an Accessibility Testing Plan

Presenters

  • Jenn
    Sanders
    Office of Information Technology

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Folwell Web Theme Accessibility

Presenters

  • Kathy
    Jensen
    University Relations
  • Dimitri
    Tadege
    University Relations

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Introduction to Cognitive Accessibility

Presenters

  • Amy
    Drayer
    University Libraries

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Cultivate Inclusion

Presenters

  • Various Presenters
    Digital Accessibility Community of Practice

Event Recording

Visit the event website to access presentation slides and captioned recordings. 

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Accessible Google Docs

Presenters

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

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Canvas Accessibility with UDOIT

Presenters

  • Khaled
    Musa
    Academic Technology Support Services, Office of Information Technology
  • Kristina
    Cibuzar
    LATIS, College of Liberal Arts

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Accessible Online Meetings

Presenters

  • Amanda
    Ryan
    Institute on Community Integration, CEHD

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Web Accessibility Checkers

Presenters

  • Tonu
    Mikk
    Disability Resource Center
  • Amy
    Drayer
    University Libraries
  • Kim
    Doberstein
    Office of Information Technology

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The Seven Core Skills

Presenters

  • Christina
    Goodland
    Office of Information Technology
  • Karen
    Shapiro
    Office of Information Technology

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Color Contrast Deep Dive

Presenters

  • Jen
    Sanders
    Office of Information Technology

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Accessible Documents

Presenters

  • Ben
    Peck
    University Relations

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Join Accessibility Groups

Accessibility Ambassadors

Digital Accessibility Community of Practice

Promote Digital Accessibility

Cultivate Inclusion: accessibility.umn.edu

Take the Cultivate Inclusion Challenge!

Most people who create content that isn't accessible simply aren't aware that they are excluding people from an equitable online experience. To help build Digital Accessibility awareness and skills, nominate yourself, a colleague, or a team to take the Cultivate Inclusion Challenge!

Challenge Activities

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Introduce a Digital Accessibility Topic to your Team at an Upcoming Meeting

Introduce digital accessibility concepts to your team at your next team meeting agenda. Some ideas for sharing are:

Pick a Topic from Accessibility.umn.edu to Present to Your Group

Examples include:

Prompt an Interactive Discussion

Choose from the following questions (or create your own)

  • On a scale of 1-10, how knowledgeable are you about digital accessibility? What would it take to move that up two?
  • Name 2-3 digital accessibility skills we could all practice starting today.
  • How does digital accessibility affect your individual work?
  • If you wanted to learn more about digital accessibility, what's the first step you'd take?
  • [Your ideas here.] 

Request a Cultivate Inclusion Presentation for Your Team or Department

Invite us to an upcoming meeting. Members of the Digital Accessibility community are available to give an overview of digital accessibility over Zoom. Complete the presentation request form and we'll work with you to schedule a presentation for your team or department. 

Take a Digital Accessibility Badging Program Course

The Digital Accessibility Badging Program teaches you how to create emails, slide decks, documents, and more in an accessible way, without using code.  In each self-paced online workshop, you will learn skills and apply them to your everyday work. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like. You will receive a digital badge highlighting the skills you demonstrated in the final project for each training. Learn more and enroll.

Learn and Practice a New Digital Accessibility Skill

A plethora of resources are available to help build skills in digital accessibility. Get started, and help your colleagues do the same!

  • Visit accessibiity.umn.edu. People can decide where they want to start learning and practicing. Explore the menu and start!
  • Take a course offered through the Digital Badging Program. The Foundations course helps set the context to learn skills. 

Attend Digital Accessibility Events (and Bring a Colleague)

Accessibility Ambassadors is a group of University staff who are passionate about making U of M digital resources more accessible online. They bring different skills, strengths, and backgrounds, but all want to create an inclusive and accessible community at the U. They host events to teach, advocate, and discuss digital accessibility topics and strive to be resources for the University community.

For more information, join the Google Group or send an email to [email protected].

Find and Fix Digital Accessibility Issues in your Canvas Course

UDOIT scans your online course content, identifies possible accessibility issues, and guides you through the process of repairing the issues. 

  • UDOIT scan results are private; you will be the only person who sees them. 
  • UDOIT will provide step-by-step guidance to help you improve any issues that come up.  
  • You will have many opportunities to make your course content more accessible.

Note that correcting accessibility issues in your Canvas course can be an iterative process. One way may be to start by correcting all the “Links should be descriptive” errors. The tool will provide you with the location of the error and a suggestion for how to fix it.

Use UDoIt to Scan a Course for Accessibility Issues.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” -Maya Angelou

Take Accessibility Training

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The University provides several training programs that can help you learn digital accessibility skills.

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Digital Accessibility Badging Program

The University of Minnesota is home to nearly 90,000 people. In a community of this size, not everyone accesses digital content in the same way - but every member of our community must be able to navigate and understand that content.

The Digital Accessibility Badging Program teaches you how to create emails, slide decks, documents, and more in an accessible way, without using code. In each self-paced online workshop, you will learn skills and apply them to your everyday work. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like. 

You will receive a digital badge for each course you complete after Digital Accessibility: Foundations. A digital badge is an image that carries metadata, validating the skills you demonstrated in a training. Digital badges are shared online through social media and other professional development platforms, such as LinkedIn.

This program is a collaboration between the Digital Accessibility Stakeholders Group, the Disability Resource Center, the Office of Information Technology, and many other University resources. It is an outcome of the Digital Accessibility Charge by Bernard Gulachek (VP & CIO) and Julie Showers (Interim Associate VP for Compliance).

Enroll Now!

You don't have to wait—start learning today!

  1. Enroll in Digital Accessibility: Foundations to begin your journey.
  2. Once you have taken Digital Accessibility: Foundations, you will be eligible for any of the other courses in the program.
Currently Available
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  • Digital Accessibility: Mass Email
  • Digital Accessibility: Canvas Course Sites 
  • Digital Accessibility: Video

Digital Literacy Project Online Modules

Any University of Minnesota student, instructor, or staff can learn about techniques for clear and simple writing and six core skills of accessible, usable communication through free online modules developed for the Digital Literacy Project by the College of Liberal Arts LATIS staff in partnership with Academic Technology Support Services. 

Customized Accessibility Training

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) can provide customized training for your team. Submit a request on the DRC outreach & training form.

How-to and Learn More Content