Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP)

An Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP) is an agreement to provide equivalent access, and a blueprint for doing so. The EEAAP describes how a department or business unit plans to address accessibility barriers resulting from the use of less-than-accessible technology systems. It describes what will be done, who is affected, who is accountable, what is needed, and other considerations. 

What’s in an EEAAP

A standard EEAAP includes the following elements:

  • Identifying information about the inaccessible technology (e.g., vendor, title, contact info)
  • Description of accessibility barrier or other potential issues
  • Who might be affected by the accessibility barrier or other potential issue
  • Person, role, or party responsible for providing alternate access
  • How alternate access will be provided
  • Resources required to provide alternate access
  • Remediation or repair information
  • Timeline to address unforeseen events

When to create an Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan

An EEAAP may be appropriate in several scenarios. Create an EEAAP if:

  • Your technology is in wide use
  • Your technology is required for classroom, program, or other participation
  • You will employ the technology for multiple semesters or years
  • You are unable to obtain accessible technology that meets your needs
  • You identify a potential accessibility barrier in your current technology