Vetting Before Getting: Considerations for Procuring Accessible Information and Communication Technology

Vetting Before Getting: Considerations for Procuring Accessible Information and Communication Technology

Where: College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center Third Floor
College Street Gate 7
Worcester, MA
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When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
9:00am - 3:00pm 
Note: Registration starts at 7:30am

Workshop Organizer: Kelsey Hall, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Registration Fee:
NERCOMP Member: $145
Non Member $290
Your fee includes am break and lunch.

Event Overview

Procuring accessible information and communication technology is critical to ensuring all end uses can engage in their day-to-day equally and equitably, regardless of ability or disability. Institutions of higher education have policies and procedures in place to procure new technology, but where does vetting products for accessibility come in? This workshop will cover how the University of Massachusetts is vetting products, software, websites and more to ensure WCAG compliance. We'll address implementation of formal procurement standards, prioritization of products, and example RFP and Contract language – what to avoid and what to emphasize. As part of the procurement discussion, we'll address contract renewals and expanded rollout of existing products. Join us and B.Y.O.D. to learn about the accessibility testing process, as well as the responsibilities of both the vendor and the procuring institution in ensuring accessibility for all.

Session Outcomes:

1.    Participants will be able to discuss foundational laws and standards dictating the need for equal and equitable access to ICT.

2.    Participants will practice and engage with basic testing principles to ensure vendor product accessibility.

3.    Participants will be able to describe the inclusion of accessibility (when, where, how, why) as part of the overall procurement process, as well as the collaborative process in working with vendors on creating accessible ICT.

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