Accessibility is not a "nice to have," it is a "must do." Not only are there federal and state laws in the United States that require accessible information, it is also a human right to seek and access information:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Accessible Information Supports Campus Belonging and Inclusion
A video from UCI Digital about how inaccessible websites make users with accessibility needs feel.
What does accessibility have to do with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?
Many institutions of higher education are now using a variation of the acronym DEIA to talk about accessibility along with conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Designing tools and resources with accessibility best practices helps recognize the diversity on our campus, make all students feel a sense of belonging and inclusion, and allows for more equity in education.
For information about users specific needs, check out these posters from the UK that help make accessibility practices for different user groups clearer: