The Priority Standards for the public procurement of accessible ICT cover three principal geographies: (1) The European Standard ‘EN 301 549’ is used in Europe, and this Standard is increasingly being adopted by other countries outside the EU, and can also be adopted by entities in the US; (2) ‘Section 508’ legally applies to the Federal Government in the US, and has been voluntarily adopted by many state and local governments; and (3) The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, ‘WCAG 2.0’ are created by the ‘World Wide Web Consortium’ and are therefore applicable internationally. Therefore, your country or region already falls under the scope of one or more of the above three Priority Standards. In addition, there are country-specific resources set up by a number of governments.
1. To get an introduction to the Priority Standards, first go through our pathway guide. In this pathway guide you will find links to the Priority Standards, associated Toolkits and resource to help with implementation: I need to implement standards for procurement….
3. You may also be able to get help from country-specific associations and organizations for the promotion of the practice of procurement. There may also be direct help available from national government groups, even if those governments have yet to publish any country-specific toolkits (as linked to above). To find out about national procurement associations that are promoting inclusive practices, see our guide on Getting Help.
4. If you are aware of country-specific practices and resources that are not yet included in our Portal, we would like to hear from you. Our next pathway guide tells you how to get in touch with us: I know of a good resource that isn't in the Portal. How can I get you to link to it?...