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Re: wording for accessible design in RFP


From: Mark Magennis
Date: Jun 28, 2011 3:57AM


The Accessible ICT Procurement Toolkit (www.universaldesign.ie/useandsupply/ict/itprocurementtoolkit) gives suggested text for including in RFPs, which it calls Requests for Tender (RFTs). You'll find it in the 'Writing an RFT' section. It has different texts for different technologies, including websites. It's aimed at the Irish public sector but should be equally relevant to you too. Make sure you cover everything in your RFP, not just the accessibility of the website content. For example, if you're getting a content management system with your website, you'll want to specify that it should produce accessible code and possibly also be accessible to any content managers with disabilities, so you'll be talking abut ATAG compliance as well as WCAG or 508. You might also consider specifying a universal design process for the development, including stages of user input and user testing involving people with disabilities. All this is included in the Procurement Toolkit which cove
rs the whole procurement process, from writing an RFP, through development, implementation and ongoing maintenance. Accessibility is affected by every stage and they can all be addressed in the RFP.


Dr. Mark Magennis
Director of the Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT)
NCBI Working for people with sight loss
Whitworth Road, Dublin 9, Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 882 1956
Skype: markncbi
Web: www.cfit.ie

On Jun 27, 2011, at 9:17 AM, James L Bailey wrote:

> My school is a blend of in-house web design and using off-campus
> contractors. We want to add language to our RFPs that include the
> requirement for accessible web design. Does anyone have suggestions?

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