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Re: RFP Boilerplate for Accessibility


From: Ryan E. Benson
Date: Jan 29, 2019 6:28AM

HHS has two sets on language that goes into acquisitions, which are found
The GSA, VA, and other agencies have language too, I believe.

The problem with your language is everything is applicable to the ADA AND
508, so tying those together may have issues for some applications. The US
federal government only has to meet WCAG 2.0 at this time, though 2.1 is

Finally, it is encouraged to put the applicable standards into acquisitions
(https://www.section508.gov/buy), and this language does not have a place
for that.
Ryan E. Benson

On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 10:47 AM Peter Shikli < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> As much as I did get some useful tips when I posted my previous request
> for boilerplate to paste into RFPs to insure the delivery of accessible
> websites and online applications, most of the responses were about the
> VPATs and other technical criteria to audit the RFP's deliverable. The
> problem is that few agencies have procurement staff who have the
> experience to make the relevant judgement calls.
> What I was looking for was to parallel what they do for security when
> there's a website RFP, that is, to define the security audit that must
> be passed as part of acceptance testing. The buyer can use an outside
> service or their own IT group for the security audit if they have the
> experience and availability. Not finding that boilerplate for
> accessibility anywhere, we've put a first draft at
> www.access2online.com/support/accessiblerfps.html
> I would like to invite the accessibility community to comment on that
> boilerplate to make it as logical, accurate, and useful as possible.
> Then I plan to present that to the procurement community through our
> client for their feedback.
> My goal is to post a reusable boilerplate everyone is free to paste from
> that page into their RFPs, something polished and practical to increase
> the odds that websites and online applications are purchased with
> accessibility in mind as the WebAIM logo says.
> Cheers,
> Peter Shikli
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