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Navigating VPAT 2: A Guide for Vendors

Written by: Kim Phillips

Reporting Accessibility with VPAT 2

The landscape of digital accessibility has changed quite a bit since the original Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) was created in 2001. The updated VPAT 2 format offers multiple templates, allowing vendors to document conformance with several common standards including the refreshed Section 508, WCAG 2.1, and EN 301 549 for vendors who sell into Europe or Australia.

As the demand for accessible technology grows, so does the demand for product manufacturers and vendors to formally document their product’s or service’s conformance with accessibility standards.  As such, a completed VPAT is often a procurement requirement. But even when it’s not, having a well written VPAT can be a compelling competitive differentiator for vendors who want to show potential buyers that they’re actively evaluating and building accessibility into the products and services they deliver.

Download the Navigating VPAT whitepaper to learn more about:

  • The history of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) format
  • Accessibility standards covered in the VPAT 2 template
  • How to create an accessibility conformance report using the VPAT 2 format
  • How to use the VPAT 2 with different product types
  • Practical tips for reporting using the VPAT format