IT Procurement Toolkit
IT systems should be chosen and designed with accessibility in mind. The choice of technologies, and in many cases their design and functionality, is determined by the procurement process.
During this process you have an opportunity to define accessibility criteria for the procurement; assess potential suppliers and solutions to see that they meet those criteria; oversee the successful implementation of the accessibility features and build the skills you and your team will require to manage the accessibility of the resulting systems and user interfaces during their lifetime of use.
How to use the Toolkit
- If you are new to accessibility you may wish to read the Principles of Accessible Procurement and the Introduction to Accessibility
- Follow the Stages of Procurement
- Refer to the Accessibility Targets for specific technologies
- Refer to the Supporting Information as needed
Who is it for
This guidance is primarily designed for Irish public service bodies. However it may be of use to anyone who wishes to buy accessible hardware of software. It is based on good procurement practice but refer to the eTenders website for guidelines on national and EU public procurement .