Extend the Core Skills


Once you have learned the core skills, keep learning and practicing even more skills!

The University of Minnesota is committed to the idea that accessibility is everyone's everyday work. 

All you have to do is start small. For example:

Then use the Filter and Sort Options below and review what you learned, or learn even more skills!

Accessibility Skills Pages and Events

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Cultural Accessibility Event on

Digital accessibility often focuses on technical standards and laws, but cultural and social dimensions are just as important for meaningful accessibility.

Data Visualization Event on

How to present data in an inclusive and accessible manner has been a session request for a while. Unfortunately, it has proven difficult to find speakers with experience in this area.

Design Inclusive Courses

To make instructional content more accessible and inclusive, consider how you format, organize, and distribute content, as well as how you design in-class and online activities.

Develop Accessible Websites

Following accessibility guidelines will help everyone who contributes to websites make web content that is more usable by more users on more devices.

Digital Accessibility Community of Practice: Fall Learning Experience Event on

In fewer than 90 minutes, learn practices that have contributed to others’ digital accessibility success in academic technology, communications, or web spaces and consider how you will incorporate something you learn into your own work to improve

Disability Justice Event on

Angela Carter and Katie Loop’s presentation on Academic Ableism in December was so popular, they are both back again this month.

Documents and PDFs

At the University, we create thousands of documents each day with tools such as Microsoft Office and Google Docs, as well as scan printed documents and convert digital documents to PDFs. But all are accessible only if you make them scannable, searchable, legible, and readable. 

Email and Mass Email

Just like any electronic document, email accessibility is enhanced by many of the same steps to make sure your PDF or website is accessible. Your mass email message content is important to you and to your recipients. Following some simple guidelines will ensure most of your audience can read your message.

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Authors, Designers, and Editors

When you think about accessibility laws and related University policies, you might think they apply only to course and website content.

But at the University of Minnesota, we create thousands of digital content products each day. These can be in a variety of formats, and should all be as accessible to the widest range of audiences as possible


The more you make your course accessible, the fewer accommodation requests you may receive.

In addition, more students will be able to better learn from and navigate your course materials and classroom experiences, even if they have different learning styles and abilities.

Leaders and Managers

Leaders can communicate a clear and achievable vision for digital accessibility within the organization.

Managers can drive action by communicating a vision, establishing clear goals and expectations, and providing resources and training.

Check out Promote Digital Accessibility for ideas.


You can make your presentations and events you host more inclusive.

For example:

  • Verbally describe your slides while presenting.
  • Include alternative text for images.
  • Provide captions, audio descriptions, and transcripts.


When you produce digital assignments, apply the core skills and your instructors and the students you collaborate with will be better able to understand them, even if they use assistive technologies.

Technology Purchasers

Before a big purchase, the wise shopper gathers requirements, performs research, and reviews potential solutions.

At the University, your digital technology pre-purchase checklist must include an evaluation of the extent to which a product is accessible and how a vendor meets accessibility standards.

Web Developers

From a developer's perspective, the goal is to code a website or web application that, at minimum, meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) AA standards and follows the POUR guiding principles of accessible technology.