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ITI Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT)

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Intended audience:
Solution Store:

Intermediate
Anyone working on Section 508 Compliance
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Introduction

A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT™, is a vendor generated statement in a pre-defined template, to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments on products and services with features that support accessibility to Section 508 Standards. 

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The VPAT is a tool developed by Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and Government Services Administration (GSA). Version 1.0 is currently available, and Version 2.0 is in beta.

Vendors should generate a VPAT whenever they develop Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) products or services that are to be sold in the Federal market place. In each VPAT, the vendor is expected to make specific statements, in simple language, about how their product or service meets the requirements of the Section 508 Standards. A generic Section 508 statement by Vendors is not adequate - a complete and correct VPAT should be produced by the company for each product and version.

It is understood that not all products are 100% compliant with the Section 508 EIT Accessibility Standards. A VPAT provides relevant information on how far a vendor’s product or service conforms so that procurement officials can compare vendor products. They are required to purchase the one that is MOST compliant, provided it meets the business need. 

Key Benefits

Here are the key benefits of the VPAT Template.

Transparency around accessibility capability 

Reduce the time and expense of providing customized details on accessibility capabilities. Use a standard format which can be made generally available via the website. Identify areas for improvement.

Collaboration

The template creates a common language for the discussion of accessibility issues that can facilitate internal and external collaboration.

Mapping related VPAT

VPAT content may be related to one another. These connections can be maintained as an interlinked set of records to avoid duplication of effort. Copy records between VPAT templates to ensure consistency.

A Single Point of Truth

Each VPAT element is stored as a record and can be updated, commented, controlled and audited individually. Data is accessible to all stakeholders with no version control issues. 

Reporting

Track the progress of VPAT creation. In-line analytics highlight gaps in coverage and status of accessibility efforts.

 

Typical Use Cases

Here is a typical, but not exhaustive, list of roles and associated use cases that would interact with this solution.

Role Use Case
Potential Customers
  • Consume the VPAT
Product team
  • Use the template as a guide to Section 508 compliance
  • Create documentation to describe current compliance
Executive
  • Roadmap to achieve or improve Section 508 compliance

Templates

These apps and templates are used for the solution.

What Description
Specification 
ITI Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT) 1.0 A specification that provides a summary view of the Section 508 Standards and can be used to confirm 508 compliance.

GET STARTED
1) Download the ITI Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT) 1.0 specification from the Solution Store
2) Complete a version of this template for each of your products. Use it internally to achieve 508 compliance.
3) Go through this template, and mark each record as applicable to your product or not using the "Supporting Features" dropdown
4)Use filters to display only the applicable records. Complete these four fields for each applicable record:

NAME
The name of the record

DESCRIPTION
A description of the subsections of subparts B and C of the Standards

SUPPORTING FEATURES
The supporting features of the product or refers you to the corresponding detailed section, e.g., “equivalent facilitation."

REMARKS AND EXPLANATIONS
Any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product.

5) Use filters to identify work still to be done
6) Export the completed template as a word document which you can provide to prospects and customers as required. 
ITI Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT) 2.0 Beta A specification that provides a summary view of the Section 508 Standards and can be used to confirm 508 compliance.

GET STARTED
1) Download the ITI Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT) 2.0 Beta specification from the Solution Store
2) Complete a version of this template for each of your products. Use it internally to achieve 508 compliance.
3) Go through this template, and mark each record as applicable to your product or not using the "Supporting Features" dropdown
4)Use filters to display only the applicable records. Complete these four fields for each applicable record:

NAME
The name of the record

DESCRIPTION
A description of the subsections of subparts B and C of the Standards

SUPPORTING FEATURES
The supporting features of the product or refers you to the corresponding detailed section, e.g., “equivalent facilitation."

REMARKS AND EXPLANATIONS
Any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product.

5) Use filters to identify work still to be done
6) Export the completed template as a word document which you can provide to prospects and customers as required. 


Getting started

  1. Select an existing, or create a new project
  2. Click on the Solution Store, and select the appropriate ITI Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT) Template
  3. Once you have the templates, follow the instructions in the template to complete the document.

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