NERCOMP and Deque Systems Form Strategic Partnership to Bring Digital Accessibility to Higher Ed

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Deque, a leading provider of web and mobile accessibility software and services, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP), a consortium that promotes strategic partnerships and advances innovation and leadership in educational institutions across the Northeastern United States.

This new strategic partnership will allow NERCOMP members to utilize the NERCOMP/Deque Systems Master Service Agreement, putting world-class accessibility testing tools, services and training within reach.

Accessibility is essential if all students are to participate fully in higher education. Eleven percent of all college and university students in the U.S. today have disabilities, which adds up to more than 2.25 million students.

"Understanding the needs of all students and building learning environments to support them is key for today's society" said Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems. "Deque is committed to providing the necessary tools and services to help remove any potential technological barriers for students with disabilities."

"We are quite pleased to add Deque to our licensing portfolio," added Karen Warren, Chair of NERCOMP.  "Our members are addressing accessibility needs in response to the increasing demands of their student populations.  Entering into this partnership has been very timely and will, I hope, help our member institutions to remediate these issues cost-effectively."

NERCOMP members can pursue Section 508 compliance, WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, or work to meet OCR requirements utilizing these accessibility testing tools, annual license agreements and special EDU bundles made available at highly reduced rates.

More information about Deque's tools and services is available at

About Deque Systems

Deque works with leaders in commercial, government, and education industries to achieve their accessibility goals. Striving to provide practical accessibility solutions that reflect real-world development environments, Deque works to not only fix inaccessible content but to integrate accessibility into existing design and development processes through the use of automation and training. The Deque agile approach to accessibility ensures that organizations that have the toolset to make large and complex websites accessible.


NERCOMP is one of the largest and oldest regional consortia advancing innovation and effective application of technology in support of education. It is uniquely positioned to provide quality, low-cost professional development its 220 members in the Northeastern United States and Canada. NERCOMP workshops and conferences bring together peer experts to discuss the use and management of computers, networks, telecommunications, and information technology in libraries, education, academic research, and administration. In addition, these events provide members the opportunity to meet colleagues, network, and take away new ideas. NERCOMP is on the web at


For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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