[Athen] Accessible information technology policies question

Brent Whiting bwhiting at temple.edu
Mon Feb 22 07:44:51 PST 2016

Ron, thanks for sending out the link to our form.
We have since moved to an online Qualtrics form for these requests that allows us to track and report on these a bit more easily. As a note, these are exceptions granted for two years, not exemptions. We started issuing these in 2013, and have noticed some vendor improvements (certainly not all there yet…) as we have been processing exception renewals.

In addition to the form, we have a blurb as the last item on our Guide to Accessible Purchasing page that explains that the request may be evaluated by our Accessible Technology Compliance Committee and can take up to 6 business days for a response.


Brent Whiting
Director of Information Systems
Academic Computing
Temple University
Ambler Learning Center – Rm 110

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2016 4:32 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Athen] Accessible information technology policies question

Hi Shawn, most of my clients have established an exception process. They still are required to purchase the most accessible based on their accessibility evaluation protocols irregardless of additional cost. For the longest time multifunction business machines where a good example. Vendors claimed their devices where "ADA compliant" but the input tray was just barely reachable from a chair, and the scanner plate lid weighed to much.

Here is the link to Temple Universities' https://prd-challenger.erp.temple.edu/EmployeeForms/Forms/Purchasing/Accessibility%20Exceptions%20Request%20v7.3.3.docx

Ron Stewart

On Friday, February 19, 2016, Shawn Foster <fosters at sou.edu<mailto:fosters at sou.edu>> wrote:
For those that have an accessible information technology policy on campus (specifically one that includes procurement) - how are acquisitions for which there is no accessible alternative handled?

For example: a program of study wants to acquire a software application that does X. They do a search and are unable to find an accessible application to do X. How does your policy handle this?

Feel free to respond offline, if that is more comfortable.

Shawn Foster

Disability Resources Coordinator | U-CAM Coordinator

Southern Oregon University | 1250 Siskiyou Blvd | Ashland OR 97520

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