When developing your requirements and specifications, you already determine the who, what, where, when, how much and why for a product or service your department needs.

When planning a purchase, you already do research for models, prices, features, durability, etc.

Now add accessibility into your requirements. You could add a requirement that indicates equipment must contain an alternate mode of access for individuals with disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments. You would not have to determine how the equipment should do this; you would look to the manufacturer to have the technology in the equipment.


  • DVD/VCR Equipment should be equipped with close captioning decoding for hearing impaired and raised tactile key buttons for vision-impaired users.
  • Telephones should support TTY format applications for hearing impaired as well as alternate mode of access for vision-impaired users.