Procurement Resources

This page consists of self-help resources regarding accessible procurement. The DPRC is always available to consult on any of these if needed.

The VPAT Guide

The VPAT Guide is an online resource that guides users through the process of providing vendors with instructions as to how they are expected to complete the Voluntary Product Evaluation Template (VPAT) for the California State University.

ATI Procurement Guidelines

California State University has compiled a great resource for professional development. Here you will find a compiled list of guidelines to be used in completing your procurement process. More on procurement guidelines.

Section 508 VPAT Standards

SF State applies standards based on Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 includes a set of accessibility standards for six categories of Electronic and Information Technologies (E&IT) including websites and web applications, hardware, software, telecommunications, multimedia, and self-contained closed products like copiers, fax machines, kiosks, etc. SF State must incorporate Section 508 standards as we develop or acquire new E&IT resources. You can read brief descriptions of each standard and the supporting resources.

Section 508 Standards.

Understanding Section 508 and the VPAT

This archived video webinar, Understanding Section 508 and VPATs with Jim Tobias was produced by the CSU Professional Development Group.

You may also watch the sections of the webinar broken in to modules.

Background of Section 508 (video 8 min)

  • Disability and Accessibility
  • Accessibility Laws and Trends
  • Benefits to the CSU Community
  • Origin of Section 508

How the VPAT Got Its Grid (video 11 min)

  • Technical Provisions
  • Functional Performance Criteria
  • Information, Documentation, and Support

Getting a VPAT (video 10 min)

  • 4 Situations
  • Searching for VPATs
  • What To Ask For

Evaluating and Comparing VPATs (video 8 min)

  • Walkthrough of Steps
  • Comparing VPATs

Frequently Unasked Questions (video 9 min)

  • Can I Prioritize by Impact?
  • The Vendor is Stonewalling -- What Do I Do?
  • Isn't Assistive Technology Good Enough?
  • How Much Paperwork Do I Still Have To Do?

Tutorials for Purchasing Accessible Technology

This archived video webinar, Section 508 Procurement Training with John Brundage was produced by the CSU Professional Development Group.

You may also watch the sections of the webinar broken in to modules.

Introduction to 508-Session One (video 4.5 min)

  • 508 and Disabilities
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Standards
  • Legal Background

Software and Applications-Session Two (video 9.5 min)

  • Software Applications and Operating Systems
  • Web-based Intranet & Internet Information & Applications
  • Telecommunications Products
  • Video & Multimedia Products; Self-Contained & Closed Products, Desktops and Portable Computers

Standards, Exceptions and VPATs-Session Three (video 13.5 min)

  • Determining 508 Standards to Products
  • Buy Accessible Wizard
  • Exceptions
  • Introduction to VPATs
  • Use of VPAT in Procurement