Webinar: Reporting Accessibility with VPAT 2 – A Guide for Vendors

Written by: Kim Phillips

Date: Tuesday, November 5th

Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST

Registration: https://levelaccess.zoom.us/webinar/register/3415693513244/WN_10PPzE0NRlWJWBdypjhOKg

Accessibility standards and guidelines have changed quite a bit since the original Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) was created in 2001. The new 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. A 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.

Join Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila for an interactive webinar full of practical information and guidance including:

  • An overview of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) format
  • Accessibility standards covered and relation to international regulations
  • Creating an accessibility conformance report using the VPAT 2 format
  • How to use the VPAT 2 with different product types
  • Best practices for maintaining and updating your VPAT annually
  • The benefits of having a 3rd party create your VPAT vs. doing it in house

About the Speaker

Jonathan AvilaJonathan Avila – Chief Accessibility Officer

With 20 years of experience in digital accessibility and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings unparalleled industry knowledge and a unique perspective to access solutions for technology with an extensive knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2), Section 508, and other accessibility standards and guidelines for the web, software, mobile technology, and hardware. He actively works with major industry development platform and assistive technology vendors, regulatory agencies and public-sector organizations to consistently update understanding of the proper level of accessibility for clients. Sought out as a thought leader in the industry, Jonathan has developed training for Federal agencies, presents webinars throughout the year on a variety of digital accessibility topics, speaks at conferences and other industry events, and is a regular contributor to the Level Access blog.