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Re: About VPAT usage in the EU

From: Christophe Strobbe <strobbe@hdm-stuttgart.de>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:30:45 +0200
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <23666943-79c5-47a6-6455-c2a37129ee0f@hdm-stuttgart.de>
Hi Sailesh

On 10/10/19 19:31, Sailesh Panchang wrote:
> Is it customary  in the EU to require ICT vendors  to provide a VPAT
> to support an accessibility claim for ICT-product / service?
> In other words, do public sector bodies   or corporations in the EU
> require  a VPAT from their ICT vendors?

The VPAT is something I only know from the context of Section 508 of the
USA's Rehabilitation Act.
When I searched a number of European top-level domains for VPAT
(combined with the terms "accessibility" and "template"), I found
companies and institutions that mention Section 508. I have listed a few
examples below.

The term I would expect in a European context is "Supplier's Declaration
of Conformity", but since that is based on an ISO standard (ISO 17050),
there is not specifically European about it.

* University of Northampton: The Kaltura Accessibility statement:
https://askus.northampton.ac.uk/Learntech/faq/188896 (Mentions WCAG 2.1
AA but not Section 508.)
* ZenDesk:
https://www.zendesk.co.uk/company/policies-procedures/accessibility/
(WCAG 2.0 and Section 508.)
* PebblePad UK:
https://community.pebblepad.co.uk/support/solutions/articles/13000066857-pebblepad-voluntary-product-accessibility-template-
(Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and WCAG 2.1 Levels A and AA.)
* ARROW@TU Dublin: https://arrow.dit.ie/accessibility.html (WCAG 2.0
Level AA and Section 508.)
* SWORD - South West Open Research Deposit (Cork, Ireland):
https://sword.cit.ie/accessibility.html (WCAG 2.0 Level AA and Section 508.)
* Communardo (German domain):
https://support.communardo.de/display/KB/Accessibility+for+Confluence+VPAT+for+Section+508+compliance
(Confluence is developed by the Australian company Atlassian.)

Best regards,

Christophe Strobbe

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