Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Procurement - State
Depending on your needs, there are a variety of resources and strategies to help you buy accessible products, solutions, and services. Most purchases require buyers to provide accessibility information about the product, and/or accept accessibility language in contracts.
Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates® (VPATs) are a tool to measure an organization’s ability to demonstrate their product’s support for accessibility within the confines of a proposal or bid. It does not replace acceptance testing upon delivery, third-party testing, other accessibility verification, and end-user testing. It is best used as a component when scoring vendor proposals.
All solicitations for IT products, whether COTS (commercial off the shelf) or as part of an integration offering, must include a requirement for a VPAT. When including requirements for a VPAT, be sure to request separate VPATs for each user interface.
Standards for access extends to a state contractor ICT. Include accessibility standards in your contracts with clearly stated expectations. Here are a few resources to learn from when determining Procurement ICT Accessibility standards or policies.
- The importance of procurement in accessibility policy (National Center on Disability and Access to Education)
- Key principles for accessible procurement
- Policy examples for ensuring accessibility is included in contracts and policies for Procurement
Suggested Contract Language
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