This blog is a repost from the MNIT Office of Accessibility with permission to share!

A question we often get in the Office of Accessibility is: What do I do if someone gives me something to post or share? Am I responsible for making sure it is accessible?

The answer is: when you share something, if it is not accessible, you have missed an important opportunity to ensure everyone can access the information. Don’t assume something is accessible.

Before Posting Content or Sharing

Take a few steps before sharing documents, webpages, and other digital content:

Step 1: Check if it is accessible. At a minimum: run a document accessibility checker, or run an automated tool like WAVE for a quick check of HTML content. Ask someone for help if you are not sure how to test or need a more thorough test. If you have a digital accessibility coordinator, they can help you learn more.

    • If not accessible, go to step 2.
    • If accessible, go to step 3.
    • If you are not sure, ask for help! Learning quick checks you can do will help ensure everyone can use your content.

Step 2: If it is not accessible,

      • Best option: contact the author, ask them to make it accessible so you can share it.
      • Next option: consider if it is important to share at all. You may decide not to share.
      • Less great option: you can make it more accessible yourself.

Step 3: Once it is accessible, you can post it on your website, SharePoint site, or share it.