Procuring Accessible Systems and Resources

It is essential to ensure that procurement of any new digital system/resource meets accessibility standards. It is much harder to resolve accessibility issues after an inaccessible system or resource has been purchased. Accessibility should be built in from the beginning, not bolted on at the end.

Follow the handy checklist below to ensure the new systems and resources you procure are accessible-by-design:

  • Be aware of accessibility and ask the right questions – Make sure everyone in the college who purchases systems is aware of digital accessibility legal requirements and the key questions to ask of suppliers to ensure that they effectively evidence the accessibility of their products in tenders and contracts.
  • Check for yourself that the system/resource is accessible – Make sure procurement teams are confident in assessing the accuracy of any claims made by suppliers. This requires staff to be familiar with accessibility standards and be equipped to test and compare results of third party platforms.
  • Write accessibility into the contract – Make sure meeting digital accessibility legal requirements and technical standards (WCAG 2.1 AA) are included into contract documentation.

Find out more about accessible procurement best practice:

LexDis accessible procurement guidance

This guidance has been created in response to research from All Able Ltd and Thomas Pocklington Trust that looked at blind and partially sighted students’ access to information and assistive technology in mainstream FE. This showed a lack of inclusive practice creating a barrier to accessibility.  Read about this research

Use the other sections of this guide...

Implement a Digital Accessibility Policy

Learn how to create and implement a digital accessibility policy at your college to ensure learning is accessible for everyone.

Find out more about 'Implement a Digital Accessibility Policy'

Assess and Test Your Systems and Resources for Accessibility

We outline how to assess and test the systems and resources used by students at your college for accessibility and producing accessibility statements.

Find out more about 'Assess and Test Your Systems and Resources for Accessibility'

Implement Accessibility From Beginning to End

Learn how to embed accessibility into your systems and resources from the start and resources on creating accessible documents.

Find out more about 'Implement Accessibility From Beginning to End'

Invest in Training

Find out how you can invest in training to support your staff to learn accessibility principles.

Find out more about 'Invest in Training'

Engage with Students

Learn how to effectively support and engage blind and partially sighted students to improve the learning experience and accessibility at your college.

Find out more about 'Engage with Students'

Making College Accessible

This guide supports college leadership teams and staff to make further education more accessible for blind and partially sighted students.

Find out more about 'Making College Accessible'
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