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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University Policy

The University of Minnesota is, by policy, "committed to providing equitable access to electronic information, information technology, technology services, and the environments in which information technology is used." We must implement and adhere to the W3C WCAG 2.1 level AA and ARIA 1 guidelines.

Video and Audio

Videos should include both human-edited captions and audio descriptions. Audio-only content should include a transcript. Evaluate accessibility of video and audio materials made by others (e.g. from YouTube); don’t share inaccessible materials, or follow steps to make them accessible. Don't use auto-play.

Video Captioning Event on

Join the Accessibility Ambassadors for a presentation by Alex Anderson of OIT Academic Technology.

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Join the Accessibility Ambassadors for a presentation and discussion about the most recent updates to the WCAG standards by Amy Drayer from University Libraries!

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Join the Accessibility Ambassadors for a joint presentation by Tonu Mikk of the Disability Resource Center, Amy Drayer of University Libraries, and Kim Doberstein of the Office of Information Technology.

What is Accessibility Event on

This month we are hosting a multi-presentation session introducing accessibility as a larger concept.

Writing Great Alt Text Event on

Join the Accessibility Ambassadors for a presentation by Ambassador Kim Doberstein of OIT.

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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.