How to read a VPAT and ACR

Handouts Media

Presented at 4:00pm in Virtual C on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Gian covers reviewing a VPAT, the associated Accessibility Conformance Report and how to determine if the ACR accurately represents the accessibility compliance of a product.


How do you read a VPAT and associated Accessibility Conformance Report? What is the difference between the Section 508, WCAG and International VPATs? Gian Wild talks through the layout of a VPAT and how to properly interpret the associated Accessibility Conformance Report. She discusses the red flags; what to do about them and provides some examples of what a good VPAT looks like. Finally, she talks about how you can confirm whether the VPAT is actually correct – determine whether it accurately represents the accessibility compliance of a product.


  1. Bad VPATs have some very obvious red flags that can be quickly identified
  2. Good VPATs follow very specific rules that can be quickly identified
  3. Testing the accuracy of a VPAT can be straightforward and easy to accomplish

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Legal, Procurement, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.