When purchasing electronic and information technology (EIT), accessibility is not always possible.

Accessibility law recognizes these exceptions:

  • There is no accessible alternative.
  • The product is the industry standard and therefore required.
  • An equivalent accessible product is much more expensive (the dollar amount is not specified in the law).
  • The product is not public-facing.
  • The product will be used by a small known group of people who do not have a disability that will prevent them from using it.

When inaccessible or partially accessible EIT is purchased, demonstrating that NIU has considered accessibility and is working with the vendor to improve accessibility will minimize NIU's legal risk.

The EIT Accessibility Exception Acknowledgment and Plan for an Equally Effective Alternative forms on file will serve as a record of the fact that the product is an exception to our accessible technology standards.