VPAT-Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

GT Guide to Completing the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)


This document will provide Vendors with instructions as to how they are expected to complete the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for the Georgia Institute of Technology.


In 2001, the Information Technology Industry Council partnered with the General Services Administration to create a tool that would assist Federal contracting and procurement officials in fulfilling the market research requirements specified in Section 508. The result of their collaboration was the 508 Accessibility Template – a simple, web-based checklist that allows Vendors to document how their product did or did not meet the various Section 508 Requirements.

How the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is organized:

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) consists of a long series of tables. The initial one, the Summary Table, is used to provide a sense of your product’s overall "level-of-compliance" with the Section 508 Standards. Subsequently, the Section 1194.xx Tables contain the detailed subparagraphs of each section of the Standards. It is within these Section 1194.xx Tables that you will define in detail how your product did or did not comply with a specific requirement.

Understanding the columns

Use the following to understand the use of the three columns in both the Summary Table and the individual Section 1194.xx Table: Summary Table

Column Name



Describes Subparts B, C, and D of the Section 508 Standards.

Supporting Features:

To Enter information summarizing a product’s overall "level-of support" for the corresponding Subpart or, when appropriate, to specify Not Applicable.



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To Enter general comments regarding a product’s overall "level-of-compliance" with the Applicable Subpart.