Procure Accessible Software

The University procures ICT that is universal in design and accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. In the event this is technically infeasible or imposes undue burden, the University ensures an equally effective accessible alternative. All ICT must meet the applicable accessibility standards set forth in  Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Sec. 508), the  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), and  University of Nevada, Reno Benchmarks for Measuring Accessibility

Please send questions or comments to saio@unr.edu and the Software Accessibility team will respond as soon as possible. 

ICT Procurement Process

STEP ONE: Gather Information and Required Documents

STEP TWO: Submit for ICT Review

STEP THREE: ICT Review Process

  • If the product is student- or public-facing, it may also require internal UNR ICT Software Accessibility Review Committee testing to identify any potential critical barriers to access and clarify any questions regarding the VPAT. You will be contacted with more details if such testing is necessary. You will receive a written report of findings and a recommendation of next steps once the VPAT review and the internal test, if applicable, are complete.
  • If your accessibility review documentation indicates the product or service is not accessible, the Software Accessibility Review Committee may recommend one or more of the following options:
    • Select an Alternative Option. For new software, select a more accessible solution if one is available.  If this is a renewal, determine if competing software is more accessible and select the software that best meets the accessbility standards.
    • Request accessibility issues be resolved by the vendor.  In the case of renewals for student- or public-facing software, request the vendor resolve any outstanding issues before renewal.
    • Complete an Equally Effective Alternative Access Plan (EEAAP). If it is not technically possible to make the software you are procuring accessible, or if doing so would require a fundamental alteration or would result in undue financial and administrative burdens, work with your vendor and the ICT Software Accessibility Review to develop an Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan and submit to the Committee for approval.  If portions of the EEAAP cannot be completed, an additional exception may need to be approved by the University's Exception Authority.