Voluntary Product Accessibility Template
The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®--or VPAT®--is a tool that was developed through collaborative efforts of the Information Technology Industry Council and the U.S. General Services Administration. Their goal was to develop an industry standard rubric for assessing the extent to which a commercial electronic and information technology product conforms with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 1194.22 of which has significant overlap with several Priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0). CollegeSource utilizes the VPAT to inform clients about product-specific accessibility considerations.
The VPAT contains two areas: Tables (1-4) and Chapters (3-6) that evaluate criteria and our products' conformance:
The terminology used in "Supporting Features" (second column) is predefined and consistent across all tables in the VPAT. The terminology used in the "Support Features" column dictates the content of "Remarks and Explanations" (third column):
Terminology used in "Supporting Features"
What this terminology means
How to complete "Remarks and Explanations"
|Supports||Product FULLY meets the letter and intent of the Criteria||List exactly what features of the product do meet the Criteria, and describe how they are used to support the Criteria|
|Supports with Exceptions||Product does not ENTIRELY meet the letter and intent of the Criteria, but does provide some level of access||
List exactly what features of the product do meet the Criteria, and describe how they are used to support the Criteria,
List exactly what features of the product do not meet the Criteria, and describe how they fail to support the Criteria
|Supports through Equivalent Facilitation||Product provides alternative methods to meet the intent of the Criteria||List exactly what other methods exist in the product, and describe how they are used to support the Criteria|
|Supports when combined with Compatible Assistive Technology||Product fully meets the letter and intent of the Criteria when used in conjunction with Compatible Assistive Technology||List exactly what Comparative Assistive Technology is used with the product, and describe how it supports the Criteria|
|Does Not Support||Product does not meet the letter or intent of the Criteria||Describe exactly how the product does not support the Criteria|
|Not Applicable||Criteria do not apply to the product||Describe exactly why the Criteria is not applicable to the product|
|Not Applicable-Fundamental Alteration Exception Supplies||Criteria do not apply to the product due to the necessity of a fundamental alteration of the product||
Describe exactly why the Criteria is not applicable to the product,
List exactly what fundamental alterations could be made to the product to make it support the Criteria
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