Scheduled at 11:45am in Penrose 1 on Friday, November 10.#38848
- Andrew Drummond, State Director of Accessibility, State of Maryland
- Length of Session: 1-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: Beginner
- Type of session: General Conference
Participants will learn how to integrate accessibility into their procurement cycle. They'll leave with knowledge on best practices for making accessible IT procurements. Finally, they will learn where to add accessibility checkpoints within their own procurement cycle.
Integrating Accessibility into the Procurement Cycle
Incorporating accessibility best practices throughout the procurement cycle is essential for promoting inclusivity and ensuring equitable access to information technology services and solutions for those with disabling conditions. Learners are exposed to distinct and repeatable best practices for procuring accessible IT solutions. By seamlessly weaving accessibility into the procurement process, organizations not only fulfill legal obligations but also bolster their reputation, expand their customer base, and contribute to a fairer and more inclusive society. This session underscores the strategic advantages of a proactive approach to accessibility within the procurement lifecycle and provides valuable insights into effective implementation strategies for organizations dedicated to championing accessibility and inclusivity.
- Learn the importance of integrating a11y best practices and checkpoints throughout your procurement cycle
- Gain an understanding of the importance of intra-agency/organization education as a catalyst to change
- Learners will get an introduction to deciphering the basics of a completed VPAT
As a dedicated leader within the state, I bring to the table an extensive track record spanning over 15 years. My career has been marked by unwavering commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities, and I have held diverse roles within the domain of information technology accessibility. My professional journey has encompassed areas such as special education, higher education disability support services, and assistive technology evaluation, culminating in the development of a multifaceted expertise in the realm of digital and web accessibility.
My qualifications underscore my dedication to this field, including my certification as an accessibility professional bestowed by a recognized industry association. Additionally, my expertise has been acknowledged in legal and administrative proceedings, where I have been called upon as an expert witness in matters concerning assistive and inclusive technologies.
Beyond my formal credentials, I have extended my influence and advocacy for digital accessibility through various platforms. I have been honored to address national conferences, participate in high-profile panel discussions within the technology industry, some of which have been broadcast on television, and serve as a guest lecturer on the subject of digital accessibility at local universities. These engagements have afforded me the opportunity to disseminate my knowledge and insights to a broader audience, thereby amplifying awareness of the critical importance of accessibility for all.