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Buy IT!—Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology

December 15, 2022
Source: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

For many businesses, the end of the calendar year means finding ways to spend remaining budget dollars—often on software, hardware, digital applications and other technology tools. Of course, when making such purchases, it is vital to ensure that the technology you choose works for everyone, including employees, job seekers and customers with disabilities.

Luckily, the particulars of accessibility, usability and Section 508/Web Content Accessibility Guidelines compliance don’t have to be intimidating. A free online tool from the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is available to guide businesses in procuring accessible information technology (IT).

Buy IT! – Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology offers step-by-step guidance on researching IT vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in requests for proposals and validating the accessibility of product choices. What’s more, the tool explores the benefits of building and buying accessible technology, which fuels productivity, mitigates legal risk, improves recruitment efforts and prevents businesses from needing to make costly retroactive accessibility fixes later.

Indeed, it pays to buy the right product the first time and Buy IT! demystifies the process.

To learn more, access Buy IT! and the PEAT website.

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