Creating access for all
Think about the people you know – friends, family, students and acquaintances. Do you know someone who:
- Struggles to differentiate colors in graphs?
- Has a hard time clicking small things with a mouse?
- Is Deaf or hard of hearing?
- Struggles to focus?
- Magnifies their computer screen so they can read it?
Disability affects 26% of adults in the U.S. and will affect all of us as we age. Every day, people with disabilities use digital technologies to get the information they need, navigate the world and live their lives.
You can do this
If we’re deliberate about the way we write, design and code, the things we create will work with technology to make our information available to everyone who needs it. That’s what we mean by digital accessibility.
As a college committed to equity-centered engineering, each of us has a role to play in removing barriers from our digital environments, including:
10-Week Accessibility Challenge
Join the 10-Week Accessibility Challenge and learn how to make the digital space more inclusive and improve the experience for all users.
Accessibility First-aid kit
Tools and tips for fixing the most common digital accessibility issues
- Alternative (Alt) text
- Audio description
- Captions & Transcripts (live)
- Captions & Transcripts (video)
- Color contrast
- Documents (PDF)
- Documents (Word, Docs)
- Google sites
- Graphics with text
- Heading hierarchy
- How to: Color contrast checker
- How to: Keyboard navigation
- How to: Screen readers
- How to: Set up Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services
- How To: WebAIM Color contrast checker
- Keyboard Navigation Demo
- Link text
- List formatting
- PDF from InDesign
- Presentation materials
- Screen Reader Demo
- Social alt text
- Text description
Find more tools and guidance at accessibility.umich.edu, the university’s repository for digital accessibility knowledge.