What is a VPAT?
A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a document that outlines how accessible a
particular website, application or software or electronic document is according to the WCAG & Section 508 Standards. It is a self-disclosing document which
details each aspect of the WCAG & Section 508 requirements and how the product supports each criteria.
The VPAT document follows on the WCAG Guidelines for criteria and requires all sections to conform to these requirements for each level (A, AA, AAA)
of conformance as well as the European Accessibility standards EN 301.
VPAT's are complex, confusing, and time-consuming. Often time the person who receives a VPAT has difficulty understand and interpret the document and
its requirements. This can be frustrating if you don't have an accessibility specialist on staff. Kaffeinated Kodemonkey has a team of experts to handle
this for you.
Who needs a VPAT?
Most businesses that require a VPAT are because they were asked to show proof of accessibility. They are etiehr working with a government entity or submitting
a Request for Proposal (RFP) and it requires a VPAT to be included.
We recommend that you obtain a VPAT for the product that is being marketed to the Federal Government or the educational sector for they will require aVPAT to work with or use your product.