Digital Accessibility

"The University of Minnesota is committed to providing equitable access to information technology, digital materials, services and the environments in which information technology is used. All colleges, departments, central units and faculty are responsible for ensuring access to their Web content, Web applications, digital materials, environments and services to the greatest extent possible in accordance with the following practices:

  • implementation and adherence to World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level AA and ARIA 1.1;
  • purchase, acquisition, development and use of hardware and software products that support universal design and access;
  • design, implementation and maintenance of accessible technology-related work environments that accommodate all users; and
  • Application of accessibility tools and techniques in the creation of digital materials and communications."

- from the University of Minnesota Accessibility of Information Technology policy

It is a recommended best practice to incorporate accessibility into the design, development and content editing workflow, rather than treating accessibility assessment as a pre-go live add-on. Assessment should include the use of automated tools, manual checks and, whenever possible, adaptive technology. Accessibility knowledge and skills acquisition, assessment and remediation take time, effort and resources. Sometimes a fresh perspective or expertise is needed and the Computer Accommodations Program is here to help.

Digital Resource Accessibility Assessment Request

Use the Digital Resource Accessibility Assessment Request form to submit an assessment request. You will receive a response within three business days.