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Accessible Procurement

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Course Overview:

During this training you’ll learn the digital accessibility considerations that apply to the procurement process. You’ll walk away with an understanding of what to ask vendors, how to interpret vendor conformance reports and how to add accessibility requirements to your contracts.

You’ll also learn about using a risk matrix during purchasing to assess low, mid and high level risks to accessibility and usability.

Learning Objectives

  • Conformance reports

    Learn about Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) and Accessibility Conformance Reports (ACRs)
  • Evaluating for accessibility

    Learn how to read and interpret conformance reports to make informed purchasing decisions.
  • Purchasing risks

    Learn about using a risk matrix during purchasing to assess low, mid and high level risks to accessibility and usability.
  • Building in requirements

    Learn about building accessibility requirements into your contracts.


This training is primarily intended for procurement teams but valuable to anyone vetting or purchasing digital platforms, content or services.

Time estimate:

This training typically takes 1.5 hours.

Topics covered:

During this training, we typically cover the following topics:

  • Digital Accessibility Overview
    • Digital Accessibility: The Big Idea
    • Digital Accessibility Standards
      • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
      • Section 508
  • VPAT / ACR
    • What’s a VPAT?
    • Different VPAT editions
    • Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR)
  • Reading/Interpreting a VPAT/ACR
    • Document head
    • Evaluation methods
    • Conformance levels
    • Success criteria
  • Purchasing Overview: Accessibility
    • Accessibility Risk matrix reference
    • Low-level/Mid-level/High-level risk
  • Contract rider: Digital Accessibility Requirements
  • General accessibility questions for vendors
  • Requesting a VPAT from vendors

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to help you achieve better digital accessibility. If you can’t find an answer you need, please contact us.


Our team makes training recommendations based on your unique needs and project timeline. We incorporate training strategically, weaving sessions into your project, so that your teams have the skills they need when they need them, making an immediate impact. Building skills in-house throughout our engagement sets you up for continued success.

As many as you’d like! We don’t limit participants, because as educators, our goal is to build your organization’s skills. We open up our training to your entire team, so you have the help you need to sustain accessibility across your organization.

Of course you can! As you train with us, you can develop your own internal training library, which can serve as a resource for your current and future employees.

Yes, we can work with your vendor! We recommend training be provided in the most accessible format possible and will work directly with your caption provider to implement. If you don’t have a caption provider, we can make recommendations.

Talk to an expert about your accessibility needs.

We’re excited to partner with you to help your organization reach, engage and serve more people, more fully.
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