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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Purchase Accessible Technologies

If you are purchasing a technology for use at the University, you must evaluate the extent to which a product meets University accessibility policies and national accessibility laws. Learn what questions to ask as part of your decision-making process.

Real Time Captioning and Media Captioning Event on

This conversation is about captioning accommodations provided by the University of Minnesota's Disability Resource Center, and the difference between real time captioning and media captioning.

Request a Presentation

Build awareness of digital accessibility fundamentals in your team or department by requesting a Cultivate Inclusion Challenge presentation!


Web developers often use scripts to process forms and render effects, but this can cause accessibility barriers. You can mitigate some common barriers if you add a separate activation control to select lists, provide an alternative to pop-up menus, and include alternative text with autofill fields.

Slide Presentations

To make sure that everyone in your audience can acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same experiences, learn the fundamentals of accessible slide design, including using preset layouts, readable fonts, descriptive links, and alternative text.

Social Media

The University of Minnesota uses several official social media channels. When composing posts, responding to messages, or sharing graphics or videos, there are accessibility options to consider in order to make your social posts impactful and accessible. 


People who are blind or have low vision can understand your data more easily if you create your spreadsheets and embedded charts with accessibility in mind. If you follow spreadsheet good practices, all users can better understand the story your data tells.

Start with the 7 Core Skills

No matter your role at the University, you can cultivate a more inclusive, accessible, and equitable community for everyone. We encourage you to start small and learn one of the 7 core skills.

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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.

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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.