Digital Media Services

Inclusive Media

Creating Diverse and Accessible Content

When creating digital content, it is important to consider diversity, accessibility, and copyright. To help in this effort, we have provided information and links below, labeled to show if a resource is diverse and/or royalty-free.

Diverse ContentAccessible ContentRoyalty Free Content



Diverse Content

Racial/ethnic/religious diversity:

Nappy - Beautiful photos of African Americans Diverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource

Pexels AAPI / IndianMuslim / Jewish - Beautiful diverse photos Diverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource

The Noun Project - Diverse collection of icons & stock photos, requires attribution Diverse Resource

Unsplash: All Nations - Captures the diversity of our worldDiverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource

Body type diversity:

Obesity Action Coalition Diverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource

Gender diversity:

Unsplash: Powerful Women - Wide variety of women from around the worldDiverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource

Noun Project: Empowered Women Diverse Resource

Women of Color in Tech (Requires attribution)Diverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource

Gender Identity / LGBTQ+ diversity:

The Gender Spectrum Collection - Trans and non-binary (Requires attribution)Diverse Resource

Ability diversity:

Affect The Verb - Free diverse stock photos showing various disabilitiesDiverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource

Pexels - Disability PhotosDiverse ResourceRoyalty Free Resource



Accessible Content Accessibility Icon

When creating content, it is important to consider the accessibility needs of your users. Accommodations include:

  • Providing text captioning for videos

  • Using "Alt Text" / image descriptions for images online (except for non-relevant images like page dividers)

  • Avoiding the use of complex tables online

  • Providing adequate color contrast, and avoid using color as the sole means of communication (for example, a chart's key that is color based may be difficult for someone with color-blindness to read)

  • When creating links online, use relevant text for links and avoid generic phrases like "Click here".

    For example, instead of creating a link that reads "Click here to learn more", link simplified relevant text such as "Lodging Options in Cincinnati". Screen readers will inform users with visual disabilities that a piece of text is a link / clickable.