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Faculty Focused Tools & Resources:

Our selection of faculty focused tools and resources is intended to help instructors, both online and on-campus, make their electronic academic materials more accessible to all students regardless of accommodation status. Accommodations, which are handled by Student Disability Services, establish specific requirements based on an individual student’s needs according to a diagnosed disability. In contrast, accessibility focuses on the proactive approach of making Electronic Information Technology (EIT) accessible to all students.

Web Authoring Tools & Resources:

As a UM content creator and web author, you are responsible for ensuring that all publicly facing UM digital materials are full accessible. We want everyone who visits our websites to have access to every piece of information that we provide. Sections 504 and 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act work together, along with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, to create minimum compliance standards for institutions of higher education. The tools and resources supplied in this section are intended to serve in educating web authors about their responsibility and in aiding them to create fully accessible web content.

Document Accessibility:

UM Web Authors are frequently asked to post digital documents and files on publicly facing websites. It is important that these documents are fully accessible at the same level required for websites themselves. We highly recommend using HTML to post all content, but when absolutely necessary to post a downloadable file, the resources provided can help you ensure that the file is fully accessible.