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Reporting Accessibility with VPAT 2 - A Guide for Vendors
Accessibility standards and guidelines have changed quite a bit since the original Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) was created in 2001. The new VPAT 2 format offers multiple templates, allowing vendors to document conformance with several key standards including the refreshed Section 508, WCAG 2.1, and EN 301 549 for vendors who sell into Europe or Australia.

As the demand for accessible technology grows, so does the demand for product manufacturers and vendors to formally document their product’s or service’s conformance with accessibility standards. A completed VPAT is often a procurement requirement, but even when it’s not, having a well written accessibility compliance report can be a compelling competitive differentiator for vendors who want to show potential buyers that they’re actively evaluating and building accessibility into the products and services they deliver.

Join Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila for an interactive webinar full of practical information and guidance including:

• An overview of the VPAT and who should have one
• Current accessibility standards covered in the VPAT 2
• How to report accessibility compliance using the VPAT 2 format for various product types
• Best practices for maintaining and updating your VPAT annually
• Benefits of having a 3rd party create your VPAT vs. doing it in house


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Nov 5, 2019 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jonathan Avila
Chief Accessibility Officer @Level Access
Jonathan is involved in updating and maintaining Level Access’s Unified Audit Methodology and best practice library relating to Section 508, WCAG, and other accessibility standards. Jonathan has deep experience in the analysis, design and repair of software, web pages, mobile apps, games, documentation and hardware for accessibility. Jonathan participates in the Accessibility Guidelines working group and the low vision accessibility task force, blogs on accessibility issues, and has been the subject matter expert on many accessibility training courses created for the US Federal government and organizations.