December: Why Choose Accessibility?

Why is digital accessibility important?

At UMD, Goal 2 of our Strategic Plan is to create a positive and inclusive campus climate for everyone, including our digital campus environment. In this digital world, you have the opportunity to make sure that no one is unintentionally left out. Be part of the solution!

According to the World Report on Disability (PDF, 2011), about 20% of the world’s population experience some form of disability. Based on this statistic, of the 11,679 employees and students at UMD approximately 2,336 people may experience some form of disability.

Who can do this type of work?

Accessibility is everyone's everyday work, and no matter your role you can influence the adoption and implementation of digital accessibility. All you have to do is start small. 

Where should I start?

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

The Accessible Academic Technology Team suggests trying one of the following free, high impact resources: