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Accessibility: Client/Vendor Engagement, Procurement Request, or Current Application Review

Introduction

What is accessibility? Accessibility is ensuring electronic and information technology, such as our websites, applications and user interface hardware are usable by everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

When you are reviewing potential vendors to decide what to purchase, ready to purchase, renew a contract, or make significant changes to any end-user facing technology assessing the accessibility of that technology is required.  This form puts you in contact with the accessible technology team.  The earlier you bring them in to review your plans, the smoother the process may be when procuring. 

When does accessibility apply?  Accessibility applies when you can see that there is a user interface (hardware, software or web-based).  Accessibility can be at a new purchase, contract renewal or when any significant change is made in an existing product/service.  When you purchase, renew a contract, or make significant changes to any end-user facing technology assessing the accessibility of that technology is required.  

For questions contact Kara Zirkle, Accessible Technology Specialist or AccessMU@miamioh.edu 

Details

There are 3 different selections in this form.  They are defined as:

  • Client/Vendor Engagement Communicating with vendors to learn more about products and features. This contact would be prior to creating a formal Request for Purchase (RFP) or Request for Information (RFI).  EXAMPLES: production demonstrations, product research, or any other information gathering.

  • Current Application Review When a contract is due for renewal or significant changes are being planned, an accessibility review is required. This includes any product purchased from an outside vendor. EXAMPLES: Banner, Healthy Miami, Canvas.  Please attach a copy of the current contract. 

  • Procurement Request/Review Request a review of a product for approval prior to purchase. The accessible technology team will use tools like the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), and a demo of the application to determine the level of accessibility and provide advice to Miami's purchasing office.

     

Additional Resources

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