Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
University of Iowa IT Accessibility Group

The University of Iowa is committed to providing Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) that is accessible and usable by all people, including people with disabilities. Where it is not possible to provide fully accessible technology, an Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP) must be developed to describe how those affected by the inaccessible product can continue to participate in professional, academic, or other activities.

EEAAPs can take different forms depending on circumstances, but should consider the following issues:

  • Who is responsible for implementing the plan?
  • Are there known or suspected accessibility issues with the technology?
  • What activity or activities are supported by the technology?
  • How can participants engage in those activities if the technology is not accessible?
  • How will alternative access be provided to those participants?
  • What steps and timeline are necessary for the vendor or developer to correct the issue?

Departments and units are responsible for creating and implementing EEAAPs for products and technologies they use in the course of their University-related business. Create an EEAAP if:

  • Your technology is in wide use among students, faculty, or staff
  • Your technology is required for classroom, program, or other participation
  • You will distribute or employ the technology for multiple semesters or years
  • You are unable to obtain accessible technology that meets your needs
  • You identify a potential accessibility barrier in your current technology

Because accessibility defects may emerge after a product has been deployed, the EEAAP should be considered a living document, subject to periodic review and revision.