[Athen] Ensuring 508 compliance of university IT products

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Tue Jan 9 10:30:38 PST 2007

Hi Howard!

I hear you've been getting a lot of snow out there in Boulder this year.
Hope you're weathering it well!

Here is a link to De Anza's 508 policy site.

Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Howard Kramer
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 9:34 AM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Ensuring 508 compliance of university IT products

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.


Howard Kramer
Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator
AT Conference Coordinator
Disability Services
CU-Boulder, 107 UCB
Boulder, Co 80309

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