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The procurement process offers an opportunity to review potential ICT products and services for accessibility prior to purchase. Integrating accessibility into the procurement process should not require a complete overhaul of how procurement is managed at the college. Rather, documenting accessibility functionality can often be inserted as an additional checkpoint during the overall process.

Strategies to consider include:

  • Inform the vendor of the need for accessibility documentation. For large-scale web applications, consider requesting documentation from a third-party evaluation company.
  • Verify a vendor's claims by asking questions or requesting a demonstration of the product highlighting accessibility features or use with assistive technologies.
  • Include accessibility language and requirements as part of the contract process.

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