Software and hardware accessibility review


IT provides electronic and information technology (EIT) review to help departments meet requirements of UM's Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility policy. Accessible Technology Services provides software and hardware review as part of Procurement along with a variety of other reviews to ensure that documents, instructional materials, media, software, hardware, computing systems and websites meet accessibility requirements.


EIT accessibility is currently defined by two standards – Section 508 for most categories and Sectipn 508 plus WCAG 2.0 AA for websites and programs.  The software industry has standardized on VPATs (Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates) form which allow a vender to list their product's accessibility according to each section of relevant 508 standards. VPATs are obtained from and filled out by the software vendors. 

The 508 Refresh proposes expanded use of the WCAG 2.0 AA standards – even for non-web information and communication technologies.  At the end of 2016, this proposed change is currently in its final stage – being reviewed by the Office of Budget Management (OMB).  While the end of the year coincides with the end of the normal review timeframe (90 days) the OMB has a lot of discretion on the length of the review.

What you can expect

  • Both standard hardware and software utilized by 1 or 2 people is usually passed quickly through the process.  
  • EIT submitted for review with a VPAT is usually processed within 5-7 business days unless vendors or EIT testing requires additional time.  
  • EIT submitted without a VPAT is processed as quickly as possible although there may be delays related to obtaining sufficient information for review

How to Request

Please click "Request Service" at the right had side of the screen.


No charge


UM Faculty, Staff and Students


Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., except for UM holidays


Brenda Miller, Alternative Formats Specialist,


The University of Montana provides equal opportunity to its educational and administrative services, programs, and activities in accordance with federal and state law. This policy extends to the University’s electronic and information technologies and applies to their procurement, development, implementation and ongoing maintenance.

Ensuring equal and effective electronic and information technology access is the responsibility of all University administrators, faculty, and staff.

This is in accordance with federal and state laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as amended, and Title 18, Chapter 5, Part 603, and Title 18-5-604 and 49 of the Montana Code Annotated

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