[Athen] Accessible IT Procurement - vendor score cards?

Stephen Marositz smarositz at csudh.edu
Thu Dec 16 13:06:32 PST 2021

Hello Monica

I am not exactly sure what you are looking for here but at the CSU, there was the the prioritization framework. I've attached it. It is helpful to replace "process or activity" with product or service if you are thinking in terms of procurement.

In terms of what to look for in a VPAT, I prepared a training once on understanding VPATs but it wasn't selected at a conference so I never finished. The basic outline was,
So you have a VPAT, now what?
Header information Y/N, who to contact?
The difference between VPAT 2.x and 1.3 or earlier.
What to do with failures
Section 508, Chapter 3, FPC

Alex Marositz
Accessible Technology Initiative Coordinator
Information Security and Compliance
California State University, Dominguez Hills

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I am working with a group to develop our agency's Accessible IT Procurement policy and accompanying procedural/process documents. Our work includes explanation of steps such as soliciting information from a vendor, what questions to ask, things to look for in a VPAT, etc. Our process is also attempting to assess compliance risk from an impact standpoint. For example, is the product in question intended to be used by all agency staff? The public? Or, will it be used by a smaller, defined department with very specific business needs, etc.

Do any of you use a grading rubric to score information and/or demonstrations provided by vendors/suppliers? I am interested in resources such as VPAT score cards, rubrics used to grade a vendor when demonstrating accessibility features, etc.

Our group is aware of both the HECVAT accessibility tool and the IMS Global Accessibility rubric. We will explore how to integrate those tools into our process and investigate how they provide guidance on grading vendors/products.

Thank you!

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Policy Associate - Accessible IT Coordinator

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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