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Vetting Before Getting: Is Your Information and Communication Technology Accessible?

Vetting Before Getting:  Is Your Information and Communication Technology Accessible?

Where: Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
14 Mechanic Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
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When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
9:00am - 3:00pm 
Note: Registration starts at 7:30am

Workshop Organizer: Kristina England of UMASS President's Office and Kelsey Hall 

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

Event Overview
Not sure? Come learn about a vetting process and how it works to ensure everyone in your community can easily engage with the services. It is critical for you to provide information and communication technology that is accessible to everyone equally and equitably, regardless of ability or disability. Institutions of higher education have policies and procedures in place to procure new technology, but how many include vetting products for accessibility?

This workshop will cover how the University of Massachusetts is vetting products, software, websites and more to ensure WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) compliance. Please B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) and learn about:

- Implementation of formal procurement standards, prioritization of products, and example RFP and Contract language – what to avoid and what to emphasize
- Contract renewals and expanded rollout of existing products
- The accessibility testing process
- Responsibilities of both the vendor and the procuring institution in ensuring accessibility for all

Session Outcomes:
  - Ability to discuss foundational laws and standards dictating the need for equal and equitable access to ICT.
  - Practice and engage with basic testing principles to ensure vendor product accessibility.
  - 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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