Experience Integrating Accessibility in the RFP Process

Wednesday, December 11

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Geek School

Jay Wyant
Chief Information Accessibility Officer, Office of Accessibility – Minnesota IT Services

RFPs are a long and detailed process with many moving parts. Nearly every RFP is unique in some way. A panel of state and local government staff who have managed an RFP with significant accessibility components will discuss their experiences. The panel will answer questions including: what specific steps did they take to ensure vendors understood their accessibility obligations?, did project deliverables meet expectations?, and what would they do differently?

Learning Objectives

  1. Determine where in an RFP to insert and develop requirements for accessibility information from vendors.
  2. Cite various tools and resources to use in an RFP to elicit accessibility data from vendors.
  3. Discover where to look for resources for measuring vendor responses.


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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central