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When it comes to accessibility, VPATs are the most common form of information exchange between vendors and their customers. And at Elsevier, they’ve found that making these reports an organizational priority simply makes good business sense.

By weaving accessibility requirements throughout the RFP, you’ll demonstrate to the vendor that you take it seriously and are truly invested in providing accessible products/services to your users.

After reviewing the responses to your RFI, you’ll be better prepared to define the accessibility requirements for your formal procurement solicitation.

An overview of the types of solicitations you can use to achieve a successful procurement. 

Step 8 in the Buy IT! process is to review and learn from your experiences, which can occur immediately after a particular ICT purchase, or at the beginning of a procurement planning endeavor

    Best practices for managing vendor performance and relationships in the post-procurement phase

     

      Background on accessibility testing best practices for you to consider incorporating into the evaluation and validation phase of your procurement process

      Model procurement language you can use when developing and negotiating a contract with a vendor

      The section of Buy IT will help you review and grade the proposals to select a winning bidder, including help navigating the world of VPATs and ACRs.

      Sample solicitation language you can use when finalizing your RFP or RFQ.

        This section of Buy IT! offers helpful background on writing an effective solicitation that produces an accessible and usable version of the product you need.

        After scanning the marketplace for potential vendors who understand accessibility, you’ll be ready to dig deeper and connect with candidates.

        Before issuing a solicitation it is crucial to determine whether the marketplace already houses accessible versions of the products you want to buy. 

        Once you secure executive buy-in for an accessible ICT procurement program, your planning can begin.

        There are several steps to take before you buy to ensure your technology purchase is strategic, informed, and accessible to all users.