Accessibility Review for Software
East Carolina University is committed to providing accessible technology and educational resources. Computer labs, learning platforms, web pages, multimedia content and applications should be accessible to everyone including individuals with disabilities. An IT Accessibility Review request ensures your software purchase is accessible based on Section 508 guidelines and W3C content accessibility guidelines.
East Carolina University uses the Section 508 Standards – Software Applications and Operating Systems for ADA compliance with purchasing. To meet the standards, a product must either build in accessibility features as part of the development, or be compatible with assistive technology. These standards provide proven techniques for the design and development of universally accessible software, hardware, and operating systems. The specifications address keyboard access, screen focus, tabbing order, compatibility with assistive technology, visual cues for audio alerts, field and control labeling, documentation, color coding, adjustment of screen colors, and access to menus. These standards ensure that a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
Complete the Software Accessibility Review Request if the software does not have a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) or does not meet accessibility standards. If the product qualifies for an Exemption or Exception, you do not need to complete this form.
The IT Accessibility Review process may require testing or a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) from the vendor. If the product does not meet accessibility standards an Alternative Access Plan may be required for inaccessible portions of the product.
If a technology product qualifies for an EXCEPTION, it may require an Accessibility Alternative Plan of Action.
Some technology products are EXEMPT from the 508 Requirements for Accessibility.
Equally Effective Alternative Access Plan (EEAAP)
An EEAAP describes how the institution will provide “equally effective alternative access” to information or services provided by a technology that is less accessible or not accessible to students with disabilities.
See the criteria for evaluating tools and software for accessibility, if there is no vendor VPAT.
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
A VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template), is a standard format for vendors to report the accessibility of their products.