IBM has a long-standing commitment to people with disabilities which began in 1914 when we hired our first disabled employee. In keeping with that commitment to accessibility, IBM strongly supports the U.S. Federal government's use of accessibility as a criterion in the procurement of Electronic Information Technology (EIT). Our own efforts to define and deliver sensible and effective approaches to promote accessibility evolved as the government defined its standards for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
IBM has integrated accessibility into our product-development process. Completed accessibility checklists are required at key phases of the development process and accessibility verification is integrated into testing and validation procedures.
Below are just a few examples of our compliant product portfolio, which are capable – when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation – of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
Accessibility features for people with disabilities:
- Support interfaces commonly used by screen readers.
- Can be operated using only the keyboard.
- Allow the user to request more time to complete timed responses.
- Support customization of display attributes such as color, contrast, and font size.
- Communicate all information independently of color.
- Support interfaces commonly used by screen magnifiers.
- Provide documentation in an accessible format.
- Support alternatives to audio information.
- Support adjustable volume control.
To receive more IBM product accessibility information you can complete a brief request form that will ensure we adequately process your inquiry.
IBM Lotus Connections 3.0 is accessible and usable software that empowers all business professionals, including those with physical or sensory disabilities, to develop, nurture and remain in contact with a network of their colleagues; respond quickly to business opportunities by calling upon expertise in their network; and discuss and refine new creative ideas with communities of coworkers, partners and customers.
An edition of IBM Rational Policy Tester
The Accessibility Edition helps ensure Web Site user accessibility by monitoring for over 170 accessibility checks. It helps determine the site's level of compliance with government standards and displays results in user-friendly dashboards and reports.
Web Site and Product Accessibility
The Symphony product set has been developed to meet current Accessibility standards. It is also compatible with the Open Document Format (ODF). The Symphony Web site also incorporates features that enable its interoperability with screen readers and other assistive technologies.
Access to IBM product accessibility information
Use this request form to view Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) for IBM products. If a VPAT for a product you request is not currently viewable online, it will be e-mailed to you.
Use this request form to make inquiries, such as:
- General accessibility-related questions.
- Interest in IBM's Accessibility Services to support your business initiatives.
- Investigation of other compliance standards.
Our Client Representatives prefer to work directly with U.S. Federal Government agencies to deliver solutions that fully address your needs and compliance with standards such as Section 508.
Use the IBM Federal Information Call Center to locate your IBM Client Representative: