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

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

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

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

     

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

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

      When it comes to fostering an ICT procurement process that prioritizes accessibility and usability, the first step is to set your procurement priorities. 

      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.

      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.

      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

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

        If you don’t already have executive buy-in for your commitment to accessibility and usability, it’s time to make the case to the powers that be—whether they are top leaders in your organization, your chief information officer (CIO), or the head of procurement. 

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

          Event Date: 
          April 20, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

          Taleo is the leading talent management system used by HR professionals worldwide. In this webinar, Senior Director of Oracle's Accessibility Program Peter Wallack, Product Management Director of Taleo Development Ali Moosvi, and Accessibility Test Engineer Priyanka Jampana​ will discuss the challenges and successes that their team has experienced, as well as the accessibility features currently in production.

          Event Date: 
          June 16, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

          Do you post job openings on Twitter and Instagram, or use LinkedIn to vet candidates? Today, 79% of job seekers use social media to locate job opportunities. In this webinar, digital marketer Eliza Greenwood will discuss steps to ensure that your social media recruiting efforts for active and passive talent can successfully reach candidates with disabilities. ​

          As businesses compete to attract talented, skilled employees, it’s important to make sure that artificial barriers aren’t blocking their path. In this cautionary tale, Sassy Outwater explains how employers may be missing out on top candidates when their online hiring and recruiting systems aren't accessible.

          Event Date: 
          March 17, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT

          Sharron Rush, co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility, explains the importance of user testing to ensure that workplace technologies are truly accessible.

          Online hiring practices have made it increasingly easy to apply for a job—unless you’re a person with a disability, that is. Senior Web Accessibility Consultant Denis Boudreau explores the problem of why the employment rate of Americans with disabilities has continued to drop for the last 25 years, and how web designers and developers hold a key to improving the situation.