[Athen] Ensuring 508 compliance of university IT products

Jon Gunderson jongund at uiuc.edu
Tue Jan 9 06:49:39 PST 2007

We have developed some purchasing guidelines at:


---- Original message ----

>Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 10:34:09 -0700

>From: Howard Kramer <Howard.Kramer at colorado.edu>

>Subject: [Athen] Ensuring 508 compliance of university IT products

>To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network <athen at athenpro.org>


> Hello All & Happy New Year (isn't it great to be

> back!):


> I'm working with our office of Provost for

> Technology to possibly implement a 508 check at the

> procurement level for any system-wide IT purchases -

> i.e. webmail, calendaring, etc. I'm wondering if any

> other campuses have implemented some type of 508

> stipulation at the procurement level, or if not, do

> you have any other type of mechanism in play to

> ensure 508 compliance of campus-wide IT - besides

> simply the campus education & outreach approach.


> This all follows a frustrating experience last year

> when ITS purchased a new inaccessible

> Webmail/calendaring product after we gave them

> feedback that the product was not accessible. Our

> ITS dept. has usually been cooperative with trying

> to comply with 508. However, in this case they

> proceeded with the purchase with the argument that

> using a different interface - i.e. Outlook -

> screenreader users could still access the product.

> Not a view I agree with.


> Thanks,

> Howard


> Howard Kramer

> Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator

> AT Conference Coordinator

> Disability Services

> CU-Boulder, 107 UCB

> Boulder, Co 80309

> 303-492-8672


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Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
Director of IT Accessibility Services
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