Why Do You Need to Complete a VPAT?

In 2001, the VPAT was created by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to further the accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT) products and services. This ensured that U.S. Federal Government agencies could have documentation supporting the technical and functional performance requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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.

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VPAT Basics

Simply put, the VPAT is a report card that shows your product’s accessibility. This type of accessibility conformance report is most commonly used in the United States, especially for products being sold into federal, state, or local government.

The VPAT lists:

  • accessibility criteria,
  • level of conformance, and
  • how your product meets it.

The report is formatted as a table where you input specifics on how the features and functionality of your product meet each technical requirement of accessibility standards. Depending on your product (or your buyer), these may include the revised Section 508 standards, WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, or EN 301 549.

How Do I Obtain A VPAT?

While some companies are capable of creating their own VPATs, it takes significant knowledge of accessibility to write one properly. Most organizations don’t have access to that knowledge internally. It’s important to make sure your VPAT is accurate because your organization could face unnecessary risk and even liability.

So, how do you get a VPAT? That’s where Level Access comes in! We have experience authoring VPAT reports for organizations of all kinds. Our recognized experts will ensure your software is thoroughly evaluated for compliance and it is accurately represented in your VPAT.

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