A VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®) is a document that explains how “Information and Communication Technology” (ICT) products meet or conform to Section 508 (U.S.), EN 301 549 (EU), and W3C/WAI WCAG standards for IT relevant accessibility . The purpose of the VPAT is to assist customers and buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial ICT products and services with features that support accessibility.
The Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) based on the ITI VPAT® is the leading global reporting format for assisting buyers and sellers in identifying information and communications technology (ICT) products and services with accessibility features. Version 2 of the VPAT was expanded to include the leading ICT accessibility standards:
In each VPAT, the vendor is expected to make specific statements, in simple understandable (recommended) language, about how their product or service meets the requirements of the Section 508 Standards (section by section, and paragraph by paragraph).
*According to the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) , VPATs should contain the following:
Adapted with permission from CUNY Office of Library Services VPATs and Accessibility Statements LibGuide (https://guides.cuny.edu/accessibility/vpats).
*Written by or adapted, with permission, from Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center Accessibility and Disability LibGuide (https://guides.dml.georgetown.edu/accessibility/VPAT)