10 Accessible Procurement

Policies or other documentation outlining processes and commitments to accessibility can help identify when and how accessibility criteria will be incorporated into procurement as required by the AODA. For some procurements, such as small purchases by faculty, it may not be practical to incorporate accessibility criteria. However, consider incorporating accessibility criteria for other large purchases or critical digital tools. This will ensure equal access for all learners.

Many colleges and universities have policies outlining accessible procurement practices. However, not many Ontario post-secondary institutions have written policies for accessible digital procurement. For example, many American universities have policies on procurement for digital accessibility because of Section 508 legal requirements. While details of these policies may not be directly applicable to Ontario post-secondary institutions, they do provide a general framework for incorporating digital accessibility considerations into procurement processes.




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