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 Libraries for Universal Accessibility, supported by ACRL 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…

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…