Accessibility Resources for Purchasing Professionals

by the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University Although this is a general rather than library-specific guide, it gives a concise overview of concepts and entities to be familiar with in making accessibility-related decisions in libraries. It covers Section 508 and its EIT Accessibility Standards, Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates, vendor relations, product testing,…

VPAT Repository

by Laura DeLancey A VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) is a document which indicates compliance with Section 508 accessibility guidelines. It was developed by the Information Technology Industry Council and the Government Services Administration to assist with federal procurement practices. VPATs¬†are one tool for assessing the compliance of third-party resources with Section 508 of the…

Making Electronic Resources Accessible in Libraries

by Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., University of Washington As a result of medical advancements, legislation, and changing attitudes, more individuals with disabilities are pursuing postsecondary studies, succeeding in careers, and participating in community life. Technology plays a role in their level of success. However, some individuals who have assistive technology do not have access to all…