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Using the VPAT in Purchasing Decisions


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

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A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is meant to provide a standard format for vendors to report  the extent to which a digital material or technology product meets accessibility standards. Despite recent updates meant to streamline the VPAT and make it easier to use, the VPAT remains a highly technical document. In this webinar, we will discuss the benefits and limitations of the VPAT and then walk you through an exemplar VPAT as we provide tips for what to look for in each section when interpreting a VPAT from a vendor. This webinar is meant for purchasing agents, educators and others who need guidance in how to interpret a VPAT submitted by a vendor. It is not meant for vendors looking for information on how to develop their own VPAT.

Note: Prior to attending this session, it would be helpful to review our Understanding the VPAT page. We will be referencing that resource throughout the webinar. 

Unable to attend the webinar?  No worries!  The link to the recording becomes available on this same page approximately one week after the webinar.


Luis Pérez and Lynn McCormack, AEM Center


K-20 Educators, Purchasing Agents, Developers, Curriculum Specialists

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Joining an AEM Center Webinar

The AEM Center uses Zoom for its webinars. If this is your first time attending one of our webinars, we recommend that you review Zoom's information for joining a webinar.

Zoom Accessibility Features

The AEM Center’s web conferencing system provides access for participants with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of  Zoom keyboard shortcuts.  Participants can also view closed captioning during a webinar.  

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.

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