IT Procurement: Accessibility as a Functional Criterion

Handouts Media

Scheduled at 9:15am in Westminster III on Wednesday, November 14 (2018).



  • Hadi Rangin, IT Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

Session Details

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


At the University of Washington, Accessibility is increasingly becoming a functional criterion for locally developed and third-party IT solutions. In this session we will share with you how we consider accessibility in our locally developed and third-party procurement processes.


Given the diversity of the contemporary college campus, it is important that the technologies endorsed by educational institutions are accessible, within and above legislative requirements.

At the University of Washington, the philosophy of Universal Design (UD) is at the heart of the decision-making process. We make accessibility a functional criterion for locally developed and third-party products. Our IT Accessibility team works closely with designers and developers to ensure accessibility throughout the development process. We also negotiate the accessibility features in contracts, work with vendors to define an accessibility roadmap, and help vendors deliver accessibility/usability bug fixes and enhancements.

In this session, we will describe how we address the accessibility of local and third-party applications from RFP to deployment while sharing several success stories demonstrating the importance of an inclusive technological environment.


  1. How to Engage Service Owners and Managers in Accessibility Discussions
  2. How to Compile a Prioritized Accessibility Issue List
  3. How to Collaborate with Service Owners on Accessibility Language in Contracts and Accessibility Roadmaps

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Hadi Rangin

Hadi Rangin is an Information Technology Accessibility Specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle. In this position he is tasked with improving access to information technologies for all users, including those with disabilities. To do this Hadi works with and advises software engineers, designers, administrators, and purchasers on accessible implementation techniques, quality assurance, and best practices. Some of the higher education vendors Hadi has collaborated with include Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Canvas, Elsevier, Ebsco, Ex-Libris, PeopleSoft, Microsoft, Google, Qualtrics, Ellucian, Workday, ServiceNow, Trumba, Innotas, Zoom, and many more.

Additionally, Hadi teaches the Universal Design Principles for Online Learning as well as the Certificate of Professional Development course in Information Accessibility Design and Policy for the University of Illinois.

Hadi's educational background is in Computer Science with a focus on Network Management and Human-Computer Interfaces. As someone who is blind, Hadi brings a wealth of personal and professional experiences to the many spheres he works within.