The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) requires that information technology developed, purchased, or provided by the State of Illinois is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To ensure compliance, the State should include a requirement similar to the following whenever procuring information technology:
All information technology, including electronic information, software, systems, and equipment, developed or provided under this contract or procurement must comply with the applicable requirements of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (30 ILCS 587) Standards as published at https://doit.illinois.gov/accessibility/iitaa
Where applicable, vendor shall provide the State of Illinois their most recent Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).
Optionally, you may also require:
Vendor shall, if requested by the State, provide a brief demonstration of accessibility features, including operation with keyboard-only commands, compliance with browser or device zoom and high-contrast settings, and compatibility with screen reading technologies.
Illinois' Accessibility Standards exactly match the United States Section 508 Standards and the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. Illinois does not require anything beyond Section 508, but encourages compliance with WCAG 2.1 when possible. For details, see IITAA 2.0 Standards.
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
A VPAT is an industry-standard document that provides a summary of how well a product complies with Federal and international accessibility standards. The VPAT format was developed by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and is used for Federal procurements. The State of Illinois accepts 508, WCAG, and INT versions of the VPAT, which are available for download from:
Please email comments, questions, or suggestions to DoIT.Accessibility@illinois.gov