Navigating VPAT 2: A Guide for Vendors

As the demand increases for accessible technology, software vendors are increasingly stepping up to meet buyers’ needs. But simply stating that your product can be used by people with disabilities won’t seal the deal.  

In order to demonstrate that a product is accessible, both vendors and manufacturers are now expected to document that it meets established guidelines by filling out a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT®). A completed VPAT is increasingly a procurement requirement—but even when it’s not, it’s a valuable competitive differentiator.  

Navigating VPAT 2: A Guide for Vendors offers clear instructions for creating VPATs using the most up-to-date format, VPAT 2. Request it today to ensure that you appropriately document your product’s conformance to accessibility standards.  

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Create a thorough, accurate VPAT for your technology

Download this guide to learn more about:

  • How to develop an accessibility conformance report with the VPAT 2 format 
  • Accessibility standards covered by VPAT 2 
  • How to use VPAT 2 with different product types 
  • Practical tips for creating VPATs 
  • The history of the VPAT format  

What’s the difference between VPAT 2 and the original VPAT?

The VPAT format was first developed in 2001 as a way for organizations to document conformance to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Since then, technology vendors and manufacturers have faced growing pressure to conform to multiple accessibility standards—including, but not limited to, Section 508. VPAT 2, which was released in 2019, reflects a 2017 update to Section 508 and supports the documentation of conformance to other commonly cited standards such as WCAG 2.1 and EN 301 549.

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