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Chapter 10 - General IT Procurement Policies

10.3 Section 508

10.3.8 Suggested contractual language to ensure Section 508 compliance

Contracts signed with information technology suppliers should contain the provision set forth below or substantially similar language: "Supplier hereby warrants that the products or services to be provided under this agreement comply with the accessibility requirements of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. § 794d), and its implementing regulations set forth at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, part 1194. Supplier agrees to promptly respond to and resolve any complaint regarding accessibility of its products or services which is brought to its attention. Supplier further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Commonwealth of Virginia or any agency thereof using the supplier's products or services from any claim arising out of its failure to comply with the aforesaid requirements. Failure to comply with these requirements shall constitute a breach and be grounds for termination of this agreement." This language puts the burden and expense of Section 508 compliance on the supplier supplying IT goods and services to the Commonwealth.