Promote Digital Accessibility

Cultivate Inclusion: accessibility.umn.edu

Summary

Plant the seed. Share what you know.

You Can Make a Difference

Most people who create content that isn't accessible simply aren't aware that they are excluding people from an equitable online experience. Share what you know to help others grow their awareness and skills. Begin with one or more of the following.

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Add Digital Accessibility to an Upcoming Meeting Agenda

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.] 

Let Us Know How It Went! 

We'd like to know about your successes and challenges. If you bring a digital accessibility topic to your meeting, email us at [email protected]. Your stories can help us improve our resources and fine-tune our messages.

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. 

Share Educational Resources with People You Know

A plethora of resources are available to help build skills in digital accessibility. Help colleagues get started.

Spark Conversations with Cultivate Inclusion Images

Download and share Cultivate Inclusion images to spark conversations and help raise awareness. Example uses include: 

  • LinkedIn profile banner
  • Zoom backgrounds

Remember to briefly describe your Zoom background images and explain context for attendees who are blind, have low vision, or for other reasons can't view your images. For example, if you are introducing yourself, you might say, my name is Jo, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and my background says, "Cultivate Inclusion" to promote digital accessibility practices.

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].

Connect with the UMN Digital Accessibility Community

Encourage people you know to join the Digital Accessibility communities at the University. By joining these Google Groups, its easier to stay up-to-date and connect with others who are growing in their digital accessibility practice.

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