What is the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)? The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) partnered with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to create an Internet-based tool to assist federal-level purchasing officials in fulfilling US Access Board Section 508 requirements regarding access to electronic and information technology for those with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. The result of this partnering is the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT.
How is the VPAT organized? The VPAT is organized into a three column table. The first column contains the subsections of the Section 508 requirements. The second column describes the supporting features of the product with regard to that subsection. The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding accessibility.
VPAT Terminology Supports: This language is used when the product fully meets the letter and intent of the Criteria. Supports with Exceptions: This language is used when the product does not fully meet the letter and intent of the Criteria, but provides some level of access relative to the Criteria. Does not Support: This language is used when the product does not currently meet the letter or intent of the Criteria. Not Applicable: This language is used when the Criteria do not apply to the specific product(s).
Federal organizations may need to obtain a VPAT report on Raiser's Edge.
To request a VPAT: Contact Raiser's Edge Support and reference this article number.