Welcome to Procure Access! Launched in July 2022, Procure Access is a business-to-business initiative facilitated by Disability:IN and a new component of the Disability:IN Digital Accessibility Program. It brings together companies that recognize the importance of buying and selling technology that is accessible to people with disabilities.
Procure Access companies believe that accessible procurement is essential to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts and is part of the foundation of a disability-inclusive workforce and customer base. The initiative develops and shares best practices for both buyers and sellers in a global cross-industry effort to grow the number of companies with accessible procurement programs.
We invite you to explore our current offerings and join Disability:IN and the companies that have signed the Procure Access Statement in our efforts to make accessibility and disability-inclusion essential components of today’s procurement processes.
Procure Access Statement
The Procure Access Statement describes the pressing need to expand the number of businesses of all sizes that prioritize accessible procurement. The Statement identifies obstacles facing both buyers and sellers committed to technology products and services that disabled employees and customers can use. And it establishes shared goals of the companies who have signed the Statement, such as “Encourage the sharing of transparent, current, and accurate information about technology product and service accessibility.”
Building Blocks of Accessible Procurement
Accessible procurement is multi-faceted and requires the work, commitment, and attention of many people and business units of an organization. There is lots to do and at times it can feel overwhelming.
The Procure Access Building Blocks simplify things. Think of the blocks as a quick start guide for your accessible procurement journey. They are the foundation of a successful program.
Establish Business Case, Develop Policies, Update Procurement Documents, Prioritize Remediation, Define Requirements, Ask Good Questions, Test Products, and Ensure Accountability.
Accessible Procurement Toolkit
Once you’ve reviewed the Building Blocks, the Disability:IN Accessible Procurement Toolkit is your comprehensive resource for all aspects of an accessible procurement program. One way to dive into the toolkit is through its table of contents, which includes items such as Before You Buy: Investigate Accessibility and Focus on Accessibility Post-Purchase.
You can also access content through the Quick Reference for Common Questions section, which includes issues such as I need an Accessible Procurement Policy or I want to involve my Employee Resource Group and disabled employees in the procurement process.
And, most importantly, you can learn from your peers by visiting the Toolkit sections with sample procurement documents from Disability:IN partners.
Accessible Procurement Questions
Transparent, current, focused, and accurate information about accessibility is essential for the purchase and sale of technology products and services that people with disabilities can use. The Accessible Procurement Questions are designed for buyers and sellers in the private sector to obtain and share critical information about product and service accessibility.
Procure Access Advisory Group
The Procure Access Advisory Group is a diverse group of cross-industry business leaders and invited policy experts who help guide the work of Procure Access. The Advisory Group works closely with Disability:IN’s Accessibility Leadership Committee and the organization’s Procurement Council to expand the reach of Procure Access and to build relationships between corporate leaders in the procurement and accessibility sectors. Visit the Disability:IN Committees page to learn more.
Accessible Procurement Resources
A central goal of the Procure Access Initiative is to develop and share best practices to help companies embed accessibility in all processes involved in the purchase and sale of technology products and services. In addition to resources mentioned above, the Disability:IN public facing library includes webinars and written resources to help companies on their accessible procurement journey. There, for example, you can find the 2022 Disability:IN webinar titled Accessible Procurement: An Essential Element of Disability Inclusion on GAAD and Every Day.
Accessible Procurement Ecosystem
As a global business-to-business initiative, Procure Access is part of a broader ecosystem of government and non-profit organizations and projects committed to advancing accessible procurement across sectors. Resources from some of these organizations can be found in the final section of our Accessible Procurement Toolkit. Procure Access looks forward to learning from and sharing best practices with accessible procurement leaders in other sectors, including higher education and government, both in the United States and globally.
The Procure Access Name
In choosing the name “Procure Access” for this initiative, we join a community of “Access” projects committed to growing and solidifying the inclusion of disabled people in the digital world now and in the future.
Teach Access is an active collaboration among educators, industry, and disability advocacy organizations to bring the teaching of accessible design and development to higher education. XR Access is a community committed to making virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (XR) accessible to people with disabilities
Disability:IN thanks these organizations for their work. Procure Access is excited to bring global corporate leadership, best practices, and collaboration to the critical area of accessible procurement.