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Equally Effective Alternative Access Plan

For more information, please refer to UIC Information and Communications Technology Exception Process Implementation Guidelines.

Why do we need an EEAAP? Heading link

When the university must procure ICT products that cannot be considered accessible, federal and state law requires organizations to document and implement an Equally Effective Alternative Access Plan (EEAAP) that will mitigate the access barriers presented by the inaccessible digital product or service.

Who is responsible for an EEAAP Heading link

In most instances, the unit that is procuring an ICT product will be responsible for defining and maintaining the EEAAP and reviewing it for effectiveness. For unit- and campus-wide ICT services, this duty would fall on the service management team.

What are the concepts of an EEAAP? Heading link

An Equally Effective Alternative Access Plan (EEAAP) considers

  • How alternative access will provide a timely and accurate way to access information and data
  • How it will be actively maintained to ensure the alternative access remains viable
  • How it will be examined periodically to ensure no changes are needed

Please note that an equally effective method of alternative access will NOT require an individual to disclose their disability and, where possible, will NOT require an individual to request the alternative access.

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