What is VPAT® 2.0?


Presented at 9:15am in Cotton Creek I on Thursday, November 15, 2018.



  • Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Engineer, The Paciello Group

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT®) 2.0 is the current iteration of a method for organizations to document the accessibility of their products and services. This session will discuss how VPAT 2.0 improves upon its original version, how they should be created, and how to use them to vet accessibility conformance claims.


Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT®) 2.0, created by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), is the current iteration of a method for organizations to document the accessibility conformance claims of their products and services. This new version, similar to version 1.0, provides several improvements over the original template including support for multiple accessibility standards. This session will discuss the history of the VPAT from its creation & adoption by the US federal government to its current version & beyond. Attendees will gain knowledge about both the purpose of & uses for a VPAT as a well as an overview of how to generate a VPAT 2.0 document. Finally, there will be an interactive discussion about the Do’s and Don’ts of using any version of a VPAT to vet an organization’s accessibility conformance claims. This session is geared toward attendees of all levels with basic knowledge of accessibility guidelines and standards.


  1. What is a VPAT 2.0 and how does it differ from VPAT 1.0
  2. What is the purpose of a VPAT and how they should be created
  3. Do’s and Don’ts for using information in a VPAT to vet accessibility conformance claims

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Joe Humbert

Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG), brings a breadth and depth of accessibility experience that is both engaging and transformative for organizations applying over 14 years of experience supporting & engaging in accessibility efforts. Joe is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA, 2018) through the IAAP organization. His experience combines implementing accessibility at an institutional level, a technical background in web development and design, as well as an extensive background in Special Education and Accessibility. Before joining The Paciello Group, he spent 13 years working in higher education at two Big Ten universities supporting students, faculty, and staff with disabilities with creating and engaging with accessible content. He believes in and uses a people-centered approach to accessibility. Joe currently serves at the Native Mobile lead at TPG helping clients of all sizes ensure that their mobile applications are accessible to the widest audience regardless of disability.