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Re: Procurement of 3rd party tools

From: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2018 22:35:29 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJeQ8SD0iXfJmB3psiCcx3xZ8=wyUWWY05QG=NEeE5sBHjZDGA@mail.gmail.com>
To: salaz3j@cmich.edu
Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Josh,
For matters of university procurement Cheryl Pruitt is the best resource I
know cpruitt@calstate.edu. Cheryl has done a lot of work procuring
accessible 3rd party software for years at California State University
System of 23 campuses, 450,000 students. If anyone has got it down to a
system it's Cheryl. She knows how to write contracts that really bind
vendors to their accessibility claims. Many of the other state offices in
California turn to Cheryl for guidance.

Best, Wayne Dick

On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 7:21 AM Salazar, Joshua Allen <salaz3j@cmich.edu>
wrote:

> Hello,
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> I work in higher education and we’re currently going through a rather
> large accessibility initiative right now. Yesterday something interesting
> came up and I thought this group would be a good group to consult.
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> We have a process of requiring information from 3rd party vendors, but do
> not have a set accessibility standard for which they must meet. We are
> often finding all or a majority of vendors are not fully ADA compliant and,
> up until recently, we’ve been okay with it. Since the vendors are meeting
> all of our technical and business process requirements, we don’t want to
> give up on them if they’re not ADA compliant. Currently, our process is
> still very much up in the air since there are a lot of variables. We do
> require a VPAT as part of the RFI but we don’t really do much with it right
> now.
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> I’m working with legal at my institution to find and define a standard for
> which third party tools must meet. We are also working on communication
> with the vendors to discuss remediation plans. My question for the group,
> does anyone else have a similar process they would be willing to share? How
> we might define “ADA compliance” as it relates to 3rd party tools?
> Should we develop our own instrument for assessing this, is there a minimum
> score/response on the VPAT that we should require, or ???
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> Any information would be helpful.
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> Thank you!
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> -Josh
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