College of the Desert (COD) adopts purchasing processes to ensure all information and communication technology (ICT) is evaluated for accessibility
COD is informally addressing relevant accessibility concerns as related to purchasing processes in an ad hoc manner.
2007, College established Administrative Procedure (AP) 6365 (opens PDF) – Accessibility of Information Technology
Products are evaluated by Information Technology (IT) for accessibility issues when a complaint or question arises from the campus community
COD is developing a programmatic approach to raising awareness about accessibility concerns among staff with purchasing role.
2019, IT and Fiscal Services updated Purchasing Terms and Conditions (opens PDF) to define accessibility conformance requirements
IT and Fiscal Services will create a purchasing checklist based on the COD ICT Section 508 Compliance Review and EEAAP Template (opens PDF)
IT and Fiscal Services will identify staff with purchasing role and develop purchasing checklist training
Staff with purchasing role will use a checklist of common accessibility concerns when reviewing ICT for purchase
Fiscal Services and IT will develop an inventory of ICT to review for accessibility conformance, including software, hardware, and web content
IT will create a Vendor Roadmap form to document remediation plans including date for next review
IT will review alternate access plans for vendor next steps
IT will develop an online HTML Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan form to replace the PDF version
COD is developing a documented purchasing process that ensures all ICT is evaluated for accessibility concerns. COD is designating at least one individual within the purchasing office who can facilitate and answer questions related to evaluating ICT for accessibility concerns.
College is identifying all staff with purchasing role and formalizes the decentralized purchasing process
Purchasing is adding an IT review to the contract requisition system
Staff with purchasing role are utilizing a defined process by which accessibility is determined during the purchasing process
Staff with purchasing role are contacting the Accessibility Specialist with accessibility evaluation questions
COD is regularly evaluating the efficacy of the procurement process. Every staff member involved in the procurement process is understanding their role as it pertains to accessibility in the procurement process.
Staff with purchasing role are developing a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities as part of the purchasing process
Identifying the enforcement model for adherence to the defined process by which accessibility is determined within the College’s decentralized purchasing process