Accessibility - Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a Web based summary to assist contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial Electronic and Information Resources products and services with features that support accessibility.

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) working with the Federal Government to implement Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, partnered with the U.S. General Services Administration to create a simple, Internet-based tool to assist Federal contracting and procurement officials in fulfilling the new market research requirements contained in the Section 508 implementing regulations. The result: the Voluntary Product Accessibility TemplateTM, or VPATTM.

Feedback from E&IT (Electronic and Information Technology) companies and government procurement officials suggests:

- VPATsTM significantly assist procurement officials in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial Electronic and Information Technology products and services by highlighting features that support the Section 508 accessibility criteria;

- E&IT vendors would like further assistance regarding how to complete a VPATTM, and

- VPATsTM will be of even greater value to the procurement official if E&IT vendors use consistent language when filling out a VPATTM.

ITI has responded to this feedback by developing a VPAT Best Practices document.

[Source: The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)]

VPAT Example:


VPAT for Firefox 2 | Mozilla Provided via MSAA (Microsoftâ® Active Accessibilityâ®) for content with a defined mapping to MSAA. 

More Information on VPATS  from Even Grounds, Accessibility Consulting (how to create, and more examples):



Keywords:"Voluntary Product Accessibility Template" VPAT, firefox, mozilla, accessibility, 508, section 508, procurement,   Doc ID:7173
Owner:Sandi A.Group:Accessibility
Created:2008-03-06 19:00 CDTUpdated:2016-03-10 21:04 CDT
Sites:Accessibility, DoIT Help Desk
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