Voluntary Product
Accessibility Templates
(VPAT)

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  • What is a VPAT?

    To understand a VPAT template, it helps first to understand Section 508. It dictates that digital information and communications must be accessible to people with disabilities. American federal agencies and organizations they collaborate with must meet Section 508 standards.

    A VPAT thoroughly scrutinizes these agencies' services to confirm they're in line with Section 508. This helps companies report that their products comply, and it's incumbent upon them to finalize a VPAT to ensure their compliance.

  • Why UserWay for VPAT assessments?

    UserWay’s VPAT assessments aim to help you establish customer relationships based on trust, accuracy, and transparency. Conduct a voluntary self-assessment to generate reports that identify and reveal Section 508 gaps, federal requirements for digital accessibility, and the possible need for remediations. The result is invaluable peace of mind for your organization.

The Accessibility Audit: What to Expect

Before completing your VPAT, UserWay performs a detailed Accessibility Audit to assess your system's current standing. Once completed, a VPAT is used to create your VPAT ACR, which shows which accessibility standards you meet. It also alerts users to any accessibility barriers they may experience.

How VPATs Relate to ACRs and WCAG

A VPAT is often mistaken for a completed product Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR). However the VPAT document is actually a template that helps finalize an ACR. There may also be some confusion about VPAT Vs. WCAG. In actuality, they work together to help enforce and ensure compliance.

Which regulations does a VPAT cover?

  • Section 508 revised for the United States
  • European EN 301 549
  • WCAG standards and its four iterations:

WCAG Edition: This discloses adherence to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 or 2.1.

508 Edition: This communicates that an organization meets U.S. revised Section 508 requirements.

EU (European) Edition: This reports that EN 301 549 standards are satisfied.

INT (International) Edition: This edition divulges whether an organization conforms to WCAG, Section 508, and EN 302 549 standards.

WCAG Edition: This discloses adherence to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 or 2.1.

508 Edition: This communicates that an organization meets U.S. revised Section 508 requirements.

EU (European) Edition: This reports that EN 301 549 standards are satisfied.

INT (International) Edition: This edition divulges whether an organization conforms to WCAG, Section 508, and EN 302 549 standards.

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Quickly Establish Client-Vendor Trust with your Customers

Providing a transparent and accurate reflection of your system's current state of accessibility helps establish trust between you and your customers, and shows them you respect current accessibility laws. Get in touch with our team of experts to begin developing your VPAT disclosure report.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • A VPAT is required to sell digital goods or services to any federal organization
  • The VPAT certifies your ACR fulfillmentThe VPAT certifies your ACR fulfillment
  • Correct VPAT completion prevents possible legal issues
  • Meeting VPAT guidelines will improve your offerings through greater accessibility

U.S. federal agencies and affiliated businesses and organizations require VPAT compliance. The following organizations must meet respective guidelines and use a VPAT to reveal their accessibility status:

  • U.S. government agencies
  • Federally subsidized institutions
  • Agencies under government contract
  • Companies that market to government agencies

It's advisable to do frequent renewals for newer products, as they typically warrant ongoing updates. In addition, annual renewals are the best course of action if your business is more established. Contact us to learn more.