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Using the VPAT in Purchasing Decisions

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2:00PM – 3:00PM ET


Luis Pérez and Lynn McCormack, AEM Center


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


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. 

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