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Web Accessibility at Fordham University Libraries: VPATs & Accessibility Statements

VPATs & Accessibility Statements

Most of the digital content the library subscribes to comes to us through databases. This includes digital platforms that host ebooks, journal articles, reference material, audiovisual content, data sets, and more. Many of these database vendors provide accessibility statements or VPATs to describe how their product complies with Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

What is a VPAT?

  • "A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT™) is a document that explains how information and communication technology (ICT) products such as software, hardware, electronic content, and support documentation meet (conform to) the Revised 508 Standards for IT accessibility." Find more information at Section508.gov.

This page covers a selection of VPATs and accessibility statements from library database vendors, tips for understanding these reports, and information about contacting the library for assistance.

Understanding VPATs & Accessibility Statements

A VPAT (also known as an Accessibility Conformance Report) will specify:

  • If the report is evaluating against WCAG 2.0 or WCAG 2.1 guidelines;
  • Whether the product meets conformance levels A, AA, or AAA;
  • May include methodologies used to determine conformance and explanations from the vendor.

To understand the content listed in a VPAT, try the following:

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