Tip #29: Demand accessibility!

  • Not accessible? Don’t buy it. Don’t use it. Don’t support it.
  • If no comparable product is accessible, buy it only with the understanding that the vendor must address its accessibility shortcomings.
  • Work to implement policies on your campus that require IT purchases to be accessible.

Hold vendors accountable

The following language could potentially be included in contracts with vendors.

Representations and Warranties. Vendor represents and warrants that [the product] is fully accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act [or Title III for private institutions] and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act [or delete the “and” and add your state statute after the Rehab Act] and further hereby indemnifies University from all claims, liability and damages for any violation of those statutes traceable to Vendor’s [product].