How to Read a VPAT: Assessing Accessibility Conformance Reports

How-to Session

Brian McNeilly, University of Washington, USA, Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting, Inc., USA

Determining if a product meets accesibility requirements isn’t always easy. Even if you have documentation from the vendor in hand, it may be hard to do anything other than take their word at face value. This session will give background on VPATs, including recent changes to the format due to the Section 508 refresh, and provide you the tools to read a VPAT like a pro.

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McCrea, Donna. “Creating a More Accessible Environment for Our Users with Disabilities: Responding to an Office for Civil Rights Complaint.” Archival Issues 38, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 7–18.