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Challenges with VPATs

| Proposal No: 956

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  • Kathy Wahlbin, CEO & Founder, Interactive Accessibility

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

Evaluating a product for accessibility can be challenging. How do you know a product is really accessible? What can you do to verify the information in a VPAT?


VPAT stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. Organizations request VPATs for products to determine if it is accessible but how do you know if that information is correct and if the product is really accessible. In this session you will learn what a VPAT is and what you can do to evaluate a product to see if it meets the Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines.


  1. What is a VPAT?
  2. Learn how to evaluate a VPAT to determine if a product is accessible
  3. Top 5 things you can do to determine if a product is accessible

Speaker Bio(s)

Kathy Wahlbin

Kathy Wahlbin is an accessibility expert in Section 508 and W3C WCAG compliance and CEO and founder of Interactive Accessibility. She is an experienced digital media designer with extensive knowledge of accessibility and usability issues and solutions. She is passionate about creating a world where online communications and technology are simple and universally accessible to all people regardless of ability. Kathy leads the Boston Accessibility group and is an invited expert on the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group and WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force.