Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, which covers access to federally funded programs
and services, strengthens Section 508 of the Act, requiring federal agencies to purchase
electronic and information technology that is accessible except where it would cause an
An upshot has been that the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade
association representing U.S. information technology products and services providers,
committed to helping the federal government implement Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
In 2001, ITI partnered with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to create a simple,
Internet-based tool to assist federal contracting and procurement officials in fulfilling
the new market research requirements contained in the Section 508 implementing regulations.
The result: the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT. Vendors who want to support
Section 508 standards have the option of voluntarily posting VPATs on GSA's Buy Accessible
Web site (www.section508.gov
as well as their own Web sites.
IntelliTools' VPAT Reports can be downloaded for for each of its products:
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