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Product VPATs

The new VPAT 2.0 (also known as the Accessibility Conformance Report) is one type of document we maintain on every CollegeSource product to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to Section 508 compliance for impaired users. VPAT 2.0 assesses the extent of conformance of a software product to the accessibility standards.

VPAT®

The original Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®--or VPAT®--was a tool 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).

Accessibility Conformance Report

In 2017, new standards were ushered in as the new WCAG 2.0. This update resulted in the "VPAT 2.0," also known as the Accessibility Conformance Report. The Accessibility Conformance Report Template includes criteria from WCAG 2.0, EN 301 549 and 2017 Section 508. The 2017 Section 508 is also called the "Revised Section 508."

The Accessibility Conformance Report consists of two areas that evaluate our products' conformance against the criteria: Tables (1-4) and Chapters (3-6):

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The terminology used in "Supporting Features" (second column) is predefined and consistent across all tables in the Accessibility Conformance Report. The conformance level terminology used in the "Support Features" column dictates the content of "Remarks and Explanations" (third column):

 

Conformance Level Terminology used in "Supporting Features"

(second column)

 

 

What this terminology means

 

How to complete "Remarks and Explanations"

(third column)

 

Supports The functionality of the product has at least one method that meets the criteria without known defects or meets with equivalent facilitation List exactly what features of the product do meet the Criteria, and describe how they are used to support the Criteria
Supports with Exceptions Some functionality of the product does not meet the criteria

List exactly what features of the product do meet the Criteria, and describe how they are used to support the Criteria,

AND

List exactly what features of the product do not meet the Criteria, and describe how they fail to support the Criteria

Does Not Support Majority of functionality of the product does not meet the criteria Describe exactly how the product does not support the Criteria
Not Applicable The criteria are not relevant to the product Describe exactly why the Criteria is not applicable to the product
Not Evaluated

The product has not been evaluated against the criteria*

*Limited to WCAG 2.0 Level AAA)

 

TES® VPATs

 

CollegeSource Online VPATs

 

 

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