Purchasing and Procuring Accessible Technology

University collegiate, business, and administrative units are responsible for addressing accessibility issues with their technology, even when that technology is obtained from a third-party. When procuring third-party products, you should:

  • identify the vendor's contact person for accessibility issues;
  • obtain a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and/or an Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) from the vendor;
  • perform testing if necessary, to determine the nature and extent of any accessibility barriers;
  • complete an Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan if necessary, to document how the unit will address accessibility barriers exposed by testing or in the vendor's documentation.

The IT Accessibility Group is available to consult with anyone on campus who has questions about providing accessible technology to University users. The IT Accessibility Group can also provide targeted training, interpretation of accessibility technical standards, and clarification of policy and legal issues.

Accessibility Information for Technology Review

Technology Review: Checklist for Accessibility

As part of the procurement process, requesters should review guidelines for purchasing accessible technology.

Technology Review: Understanding EEAAP

What you should know about the Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan.

Technology Review: Understanding VPAT

Information on requesting and interpreting a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template or Accessibility Conformance Report

Technology Review: Questions To Ask Your Vendor

Some questions to ask your vendor or developer when acquiring new technology.

Technology Review: Exceptions to Accessibility Policy

Information for technology providers regarding exceptions to the IT Accessibility policy.