Vendor Accessibility Requirements

Based on the type of product and the level of impact the requirements may include any number of the following items:

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template(s) (VPAT)

  • Submit a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
    • For each unique product/service offered (e.g. desktop, Web Portal, mobile, video player).
    • For each user interface (e.g. student, faculty, staff, administrative, public, and reporting).
  • See CSU Guide to Completing the Voluntary Product Evaluation Template (VPAT). Follow instructions 1-8 under Typical Scenario for Completing a Voluntary Product Evaluation Template (VPAT) on page 5.
  • VPAT’s submitted should meet the following criteria:
    • Include all applicable sections of the Section 508 standards for technical conformance (1194.21 through 1194.26 based on product type), functional conformance (1194.31), and documentation (1194.41). See CSU Guide to Completing the Voluntary Product Evaluation Template for more details.
    • Ensure that the VPAT corresponds to the current version of the IT product/service being offered.
  • Note: All modern web applications need to have section 1194.21 (software) section completed.

Accessibility Roadmap

Submit a CSU Accessibility Roadmap document which addresses all accessibility gaps identified in any evaluation and on the VPAT.

The roadmaps should describe the time lines by which these accessibility gaps will be remediated as well as recommendations regarding interim workarounds.

Accessibility Statement

Vendor will publish an accessibility statement linked to each page of the application. The accessibility statement will include, a clear statement of commitment to ensuring equal access for all users; a summary of the overall level of compliance with accessible technology standards; Information for users with disabilities regarding product accessibility features and gaps; and clear instructions for accessing user support.

Vendors may find the CSU Accessibility Statement Recommendations helpful when they support the CSU's commitment to effectively serve all the users who will utilize the product. The roadmaps should describe the time lines by which these accessibility gaps will be remediated as well as recommendations regarding interim workarounds.