• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

Security + A11y: Streamlining Higher Ed Vendor Reviews

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 4:20 PM PDT  
Grand JK  

Learn how higher ed purchasers and product developers can use a free toolkit to streamline information sharing while working toward digital inclusion! This session presents the evolution of a multi-year collaboration between higher ed IT accessibility and security professionals.

Consensus best practices for evaluating the accessibility of vendor products are now incorporated into the Higher Education Community Vendor Assessment Toolkit (HECVAT), a widely used tool previously focused on assessing risk for security compliance. Hundreds of schools already require it for security. Combining accessibility and security reviews amplifies the importance of both and sharing a data collection and reporting toolkit streamlines the process for schools and vendors alike.

The session will share the HECVAT collaborative process and discuss the resulting questions, their themes, and the rationale behind them. New 2023 features and updates will be reviewed.
This presentation and discussion will be of interest to all institutions that procure technology as well as any businesses that provide technology to purchasers with accessibility requirements, like higher ed campuses.

Beyond conformance reporting, presenters will share topics of organizational effectiveness and ways to use this framework as a catalyst for collaborating across IT domains with accessibility professionals within higher ed institutions. Many opportunities for feedback and discussion will be provided.

This Presentation Link is provided by the Presenter(s) and not hosted by the Center on Disabilities at CSUN. The Center on Disabilities has confirmed, as of March 26, 2024, content linked is relevant to the presentation, but has not been reviewed for accessibility nor will the Center on Disabilities attempt to remediate any accessibility issues in the linked content. Please contact the Presenter(s) with any accessibility concerns.

  • Higher Education
  • Government
  • Legal
  • Sales
  • Administration & Business Support
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Learn about 12 questions and a free tool making it easier for schools and companies to share useful information back & forth in the purchasing process. It merges security & accessibility workflows in a toolkit already required by hundreds of schools.  
Primary Topic
Digital Accessibility  
Secondary Topics
  • Education
  • Evaluation & Remediation
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
Session Type
General Track  


  • Eudora Struble
    Wake Forest University
  • Kyle Shachmut
    Harvard University

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