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Resources for Procurement of Accessible Digital Products and VPAT

Do you need to provide or to purchase an accessible website or other digital product but don’t know how to go about it? You’ll likely need to create or analyze an Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) which is created from a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). You can download the VPAT templates on the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) website.

There are four different versions of the VPAT:

  • VPAT Rev 508: Revised Section 508 standards – the U.S. Federal accessibility standard
  • VPAT Rev EU: EN 301 549 – the European Union’s “Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe”
  • VPAT Rev WCAG: WCAG 2.1 or ISO/IEC 40500 (equivalent to WCAG 2.0) and WCAG2.1, W3C/WAI’s recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • VPAT INT: International; incorporates all three of the above standards

Here are some great resources on how to leverage VPATs and ACRs:

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VPATs are provided by ITI, the Information Technology Industry Council