California Government Code 11135 requires the CSU to comply with Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998, and to apply the accessibility standards published by the U.S. Access Board for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services that it buys, creates, uses and maintains. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. In terms of procurement, the CSU is required to purchase ICT products and services that conform to the standards established for each category of covered items, if such are commercially available, and their purchase does not result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration.
The CSU regulation in place for ICT procurement is defined in https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/8436999/latest/ (EO 1111), which is periodically updated.
Note: The ICT procurement approval form has been superseded by a ServiceNow process; A "How-To" page for the new ICT Procurement Request process is available.
Complying with Section 508 is a broad-based and far-reaching initiative that affects virtually every aspect of how modern universities function and operate. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) includes the following categories of products and related services:
- Telecommunication products
- Information kiosks
- Transaction machines
- World Wide Web sites
- Software and mobile applications
- Computer operating systems
- Electronic office equipment (such as copiers and multi-function devices)
- Any device or system that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information
If you have any questions on ICT purchases concerning accessibility, contact one of the following individuals: