Last year, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) began acting on Directive (DIR) 2018-04, placing an increased emphasis on disability inclusion in the workplace. In order to accomplish that goal, the agency said it will be conducting “focused reviews” of compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires federal contractors to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals with disabilities. Focused reviews may[…]READ MORE about Digital Accessibility Checklist for Section 503 Focused Reviews
What does VPAT® stand for? VPAT® stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. The VPAT is a template used to document how accessible an information and communication technology product (ICT) is as part of a procurement process. VPATs are used to evaluate compliance with accessibility standards for software, mobile applications, e-learning, web sites, documentation, and hardware. Once the VPAT is complete, it becomes an Accessibility Conformance Report (also called an[…]READ MORE about VPAT Primer: What is a VPAT?
This post adapted from the article, “Understanding Accessibility in the Procurement Process” originally published in the September 2020 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of LexisNexis. Why Digital Accessibility Matters Public sector entities such as the federal government, state government, and higher education institutions are required by various laws to try and procure products that are usable by[…]READ MORE about Understanding Digital Accessibility in the Procurement Process
*NOTE: The Information Technology Industry Council has released subsequent minor VPAT revisions, available on the ITIC VPAT® web page. The Current VPAT Version 2.4 was released February 2020. Last reviewed / updated: 4/30/2021 This post adapted from the article, “VPAT 2.X, The Evolution of the Accessibility Conformance Report,” originally published in the November 2019 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a[…]READ MORE about VPAT 2.X, The Evolution of the Accessibility Conformance Report | Part One: An Overview
Section 508 and WCAG: What’s Changed for Federal Government Website Accessibility Requirements? This article on Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 reprinted, with updates and modifications, from the February 2017 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. It was originally published as “Making Technology Accessible To People With Disabilities: Section 508 Refresh Incorporates Internationally Recognized WCAG Standards.” Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of LexisNexis. Copyright[…]READ MORE about Section 508 Refresh: How WCAG Impacts Federal Website Accessibility Requirements