What is VPAT® 2.0?


Scheduled at 9:15am in Cotton Creek I on Thursday, November 15 (2018).



  • Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Analyst, Interactive Accessibility

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, Information Resources, Information Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Joe Humbert

Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Specialist at Interactive Accessibility, 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) 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. Joe always uses a people-centered approach to accessibility. He attributes his success in helping people achieve a high level of accessibility integration to his personal connection to and extensive interaction with the disability community as well as his frequent collaborations with internal and external developers. He meets people where they are, creates a vision for where they need to be, and then journeys with them to make it a reality. During his nine-year tenure at Indiana University, Joe collaborated with colleagues at peer institutions to work with multiple fortune 500, education-focused companies, and was a core member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. He continues to utilize his extensive experience in training, leading workshops for all levels of people within an organization. He also regularly presents on digital accessibility at international conferences and is the current treasurer of the Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN) professional organization.