All electronic products or services purchased by the University should be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Some staff, students, faculty and the public may find it difficult or impossible to use an electronic product/service that has significant accessibility problems. This situation exposes the University to risk, increases costs, and undermines the University’s commitment to accessibility.
The UC Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team developed guidelines to help UC procurement and electronic accessibility staff ensure that their procurement processes support the need to purchase accessible electronic products/services. It is cheaper and easier to require accessibility when making a purchase, rather than trying to remediate an accessibility problem after purchase.
The guidelines are available below. For convenience, information about the VPAT, an informational template for vendors to complete, is provided separately, although this information is included in the guidelines.