Understanding the VPAT Analysis and Determination Process
Purchasing accessible goods and services has become an increasing challenge for both purchasers and requestors. As organizations strive to increase diversity and inclusion, those responsible for acquiring accessible products are tasked with evaluating complex solutions based on a variety of credible evidence, such as a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) / Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR).
In this course, we will provide a documented method for evaluating vendor ACR attestations with the goal of making a determination: Award Eligible, Award Eligible with Exception Process, or Rejection.
At the end of the class, the student will have a template-driven methodology to guide them through the complex decision process. This process includes documenting areas of ACR deficiency, changes to scope, and changes to the overall product cost.
This course is applicable across several roles in procurement for government and education organizations, including:
- contracting and procurement professionals
- information technology requestors or buyers
- risk management and legal reviewers
- accessibility coordinators and Section 508 specialists
Learning Outcomes / Objectives
The course is made up of six modules, with instruction for purchasers and technology requesters on
the following topics:
• Accessibility in Procurement and Credible Evidence
• Overview of VPAT2.x Editions and Solicitation Requirements
• VPAT 2.x WCAG Edition Evaluation Process
• VPAT 2.x 508 Edition Evaluation Process
• VPAT 2.x INT Edition Considerations
• Guided Exercise Simulation