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Challenges with VPATs

| Proposal No: 956

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  • Kathleen Wahlbin, VP Enterprise Accessibility & General Manager, The Paciello Group

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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)

Kathleen Wahlbin

Kathy Wahlbin is a digital accessibility expert and general manager of The Paciello Group; she has been working in the field of accessibility since 2001. As an invited expert of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, W3C Mobile Accessibility Task Force, and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, she regularly contributes to the development of new accessibility standards, guidelines, techniques and methodologies.