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Make it accessible

5 minutes to read | Last updated January 11, 2021

UW-Madison is committed to ensuring our digital campus is accessible and free from barriers for all members of the university community. But what does that mean for you? This guide will answer some of your questions and point you to resources for ensuring accessible IT for all at UW-Madison.

For free digital accessibility assistance, consulting, or training: Get Help With Accessibility.

To learn more about user experience design at UW-Madison, go to the Center for User Experience.

Why is accessibility important?

It’s the right thing to do

The web is all about providing access, information, and opportunity to as many people as possible. It is only right that the University community fosters inclusivity, and works to ensure that all can participate.

It’s our policy

The UW-Madison Web Accessibility Policy requires compliance with the Federal Rehabilitation Act’s Section 508, and looks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 for guidance in meeting campus accessibility commitments. 

Introduction to accessibility

Accessible technology has been designed in a way that can be accessed by all users.

Learn how to plan, create, and manage digital content that is accessible, usable, and meet the needs of your audience at UW-Madison.

Multimedia accessibility

Learn how to ensure that all of your multimedia content – from video and audio clips to images, complex graphics, and data visualizations – accessible for all users, including people with disabilities.

Document and email accessibility


Learn how to increase the accessibility of your Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents.

Create more accessible e-mails, whether you send plain text or HTML-formatted emails.

Accessible course content

Accessible course content

All students, with and without disabilities, benefit from accessible course content. Planning for accessibility in your course materials is  easier than you might imagine. This guide will help you to create an accessible and inclusive foundation so that students in your course are able to access course content and experience the rich learning experience you have planned for them.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning is a flexible approach to teaching and learning that works to benefit the whole diversity of learners.

Learn more about Universal Design for Learning guidelines.

Buying and using accessible technology

Procuring technology

In order to ensure accessibility, decisions about which products to procure must consider accessibility early and throughout the process.

Procure accessible technology

Accessibility evaluations

Evaluate your website, application, multimedia assets, digital documents, and software and plan to resolve accessibility barriers.

Request an evaluation

Get help with accessibility

Resources to get assistance with accessibility at UW-Madison.

Get help with accessibility