Accessible Technology Initative

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) reflects the California State University's (CSU) ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities.

For Employees with Procurement Responsibilities

Before buying any new electronic and information technology (E&IT) products and/or services, check Procurement Pathways  for proper method to buy products/services for your department.

For Vendors/Suppliers

Before selling any electronic and information technology (E&IT) products and/or services to SJSU, see Accessibility Requirements for information about any ATI policies that apply.

About the E&IT Procurement Checklist

  1. Are you requesting E&IT products/services?
  2. Does your purchase requisition relate to ATI?
  3. If yes to both #1 and #2, you must complete the checklist:
  4. If no to #2, please refer to Procurement Pathwaysfor a list of methods used to buy goods/services.

Accessibility Laws

Section 508

Section 508 is a federal law that establishes requirements for electronic and information technology developed, maintained or procured to ensure that people with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data for people without disabilities. For more information, visit Section 508 Standards.

Code 11135

California Government Code 11135 requires all state agencies (including the CSU) to implement Section 508 and to apply the federal accessibility standards to electronic and information technology (E&IT) products and services that we buy, create, use and maintain. For more information, visit California Government Code 11135.

Section 504

Section 504 is about accommodations and addresses specific individual disability needs. Access for the disabled is still a distinct responsibility under 504. Buying accessible products will reduce, but will not alleviate the need for individual accommodation. Individual needs must still be met.

Although Section 508 and 504 have distinct responsibilities, they are linked in their requirements to provide equal access and protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.