GSA’s Section 508 program recently created a guidance document, Guidance on Conducting Market Research.
Buyers in federal agencies are required by law and regulation to conduct market research. Market research is a means of ensuring that what we want to purchase is in fact actually available. For ensuring accessibility and compliance with Section 508 when the planned purchase is for an Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) product or service, market research is absolutely essential and needs to be documented in writing.
Conducting market research is easy, if information is available. There are several existing paths to achieve quality market research. One option is to use the BuyAccessible Wizard, a free web-based tool that helps in the acquisition of EIT products and services. This document also provides guidance on using the internet to conduct searches for accessibility information.
Check out this newest guidance document and, as always, please visit the Accessibility Forum 2.0 blog.
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