The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a template for reporting the level of accessibility conformance of electronic and information technologies as required by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Since January 2018, WCAG compliance has been a requirement for all websites, mobile apps, and digital content of federally funded organizations.
There is a specific WCAG edition for reporting compliance with the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guideline for websites and mobile apps. Once completed, the resulting document is known as an Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR).
While the VPAT has traditionally been a tool for procurement of products and services for government agencies, commercial entities have begun to use VPATs to determine WCAG compliance and therefore compliance with the American Disabilities Act.
To properly author a VPAT one must have a high level of WCAG and accessibility knowledge, and experience authoring VPATs. Therefore, VPAT authoring is often outsourced to professionals such as us.
The process begins with a thorough and complete WCAG audit of the website or mobile application. It’s from these results that the accessibility of the website or app is measured and reported in the VPAT. For us to author a VPAT we require that we perform the audit.