Build Your Accessible Procurement Process

Presented at 10:30am in Matchless on Friday, November 18, 2022.



  • Leon McNaught, Director, Digital Accessibility, California State University, Los Angeles

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


An overview of the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative accessible procurement implementation at Cal State LA. The presenter discusses the CSU systemwide framework and elements required for a successful implementation at the campus level. This session is geared towards participants looking to build an accessible procurement model at their institution.


The California State University (CSU), Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) accessible procurement framework provides a model to implement ICT accessibility processes while allowing flexibility to address campus culture and capability.

An overview of the accessible procurement workflow covers acquisition types, ICT renewals, assigning impact to determine the level of review, reviewing accessibility conformance documentation, vendor communication, and, when required, the creation of Equally Effective Alternate Access Plans.

The presenter covers strategies to obtain campus buy-in and the required communication and training to ensure successful adoption. Messaging and training focus on setting requester expectations, communicating timelines, and obtaining executive support.

The CSU accessible procurement framework varies across the 23 CSU campuses; the presenter provides insight into their respective campus culture and how this impacts the implementation at their campus while still producing quality outcomes.

This session is best suited for participants looking to build, or in the process of building, an accessible procurement model at their institution. The presenter will touch on system-wide efficiencies and upcoming changes.


  1. The California State University (CSU) accessible procurement framework provides a guide for campus implementat
  2. The CSU Accessible procurement framework outlines core components, but implementation differs by campus.
  3. There are numerous strategies used to change campus culture, including stakeholder buy-in, communication and t

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Procurement, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Leon McNaught

Leon McNaught is the Director of Digital Accessibility at Cal State LA. His work at the Los Angeles campus includes implementing the CSU system-wide Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI), a Capability Maturity Model framework, to improve digital accessibility among higher education stakeholders. ATI focuses on three priority areas: web, instructional materials, and procurement. Leon’s other work includes accessibility consulting, and he is the Vice Chairperson on the board of Blindness Support Services in Riverside, CA. Leon has worked in the field of assistive technology and accessibility in higher education for 29 years, which provides a breadth of experience in an ever-changing field.