Procuring Accessible IT
The University of Missouri is committed to ensuring that all members of the university community have the same access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Therefore, anyone who is responsible for making decisions about procuring technology products must consider accessibility as one of the criteria for acquisition. The university has adopted an accessibility policy and a procedure for evaluating the accessibility of ICT products.
Key steps we follow when evaluating technology products include:
- Meeting with the university’s IT Compliance team (composed of members from the ACT Center, Information Security, and Enterprise Architecture, as well as any other relevant departments) to analyze the proposed technology.
- Asking vendors to fill out an Information Technology Security and Requirements Questionnaire (ITSRQ) about their product. This form addresses critical questions about a solution’s standards, supportability, sustainability, compatibility, accessibility, and security. The team reviews it carefully before making a financial investment.
- We also ask vendors to submit a completed copy of the WCAG 2.0 Support Statement Form. (Submitting a Section 508 VPAT is optional.)
- The ACT Center performs automated and/or manual accessibility testing. (We expect any ICT products we purchase to adhere to Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 as well as level A of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG2.0).)
- If the university enters into a contract with a company, additional accessibility documentation may become part of the final legal contract. See Vendor Requirements.