EIR Accessibility in DIR Procurement

​Texas government statute and rules require that electronic and information resources used, developed, procured, or maintained by Texas agencies and institutions of higher education are accessible to people with disabilities.

As part of DIR’s procurement process for products and services that meet the definition of electronic and information resources, EIR accessibility-related documentation must be submitted by vendors for each offering, or family of similar offerings.

  1. For commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and online services, EIR Accessibility is determined by vendor evaluations of each offering or family of similar offerings against a set of accessibility standards as defined in Texas Administrative Code 1TAC 206 State Websites and 1TAC 213 Electronic and Information Resources Accessibility.  Vendors must document the results of these evaluations by completing a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT).

    Completed VPATs, or links to the completed VPATs, must be included as part of responses to DIR solicitations. Download DIR’s guide to completing a VPAT or download the latest 508 version of the VPAT template from the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) website.

  2. For DIR solicitations related to development services for software, websites, web applications, etc., VPAT documentation is not applicable; however, in accordance with 1 TAC 213, vendors will be asked to provide credible evidence of their capability or ability to produce accessible EIR products and services. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to, internal accessibility policy documents, contractual warranties for accessibility, accessibility testing documents, and examples of prior work results.

Additional information on EIR Accessibility can be found on the accessibility pages of DIR’s website.