Buying Accessible Software and Applications

When selecting software of applications for student use, certain elements need to be incorporated to make those materials accessible to individuals with disabilities, including (but not limited to) people with hearing, mobility, cognitive or visual impairments.

By being aware of accessibility when purchasing software/applications, you will be successful in making accessible electronic content.

Use the list below to check for eAccessibility in your software purchases. For more information, please visit our Best Practices page.

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Dave Rathbun: Instruction Technologist
IT@UC Center for Excellence in eLearning

“Academic technology empowers educators to differentiate their instruction and to deliver course content through multiple modalities. These tools equip instructors to create engaging and enriching learning experiences that are equitable and adaptable to the unique and diverse needs of learners. Ultimately, the goal is to establish a universally accessible education that prepares students of all abilities for success.”

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Software/Applications Accessibility Checklist

  • Contact the Accessibility Network for assistance with finding an IT accessibility expert to participate on the procurement team.
  • Include a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) in the RFP or other procurement process that requires the supplier to submit information about the accessibility of the IT product or service.
  • Have an IT accessibility expert review IT accessibility standards and expectations with the selected supplier before installation or project initiation.
  • Establish procedures to test software updates for accessibility, submit barriers about the product or service via procurement, and ensure issues are remedied.
  • Provide feedback to the Accessibility Network about addressing accessibility through the procurement process.