VPAT - Part 2 - Enhancing Your Product's Accessibility Conformance Reports; VPAT - Demonstrates A Company's commitment to Accessibility! (Tips and Lessons Learned)

VPAT - Part 2 - Enhancing Your Product's Accessibility Conformance Reports; VPAT - Demonstrates A Company's commitment  to Accessibility! (Tips and Lessons Learned)

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST | 4:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Rebecca Knoll, Digital Accessibility Professional, CGI, Priti Rohra, Chief Accessibility Officer, BarrierBreak, and Elizabeth Whitmer, Digital Accessibility Professional, CGI
Target Audience: Accessibility professionals, policy makers, developers, designers, testers, procurement, accessibility engineers, QA professionals, product managers, sales professionals 
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

Register for VPAT - Part 2 - Enhancing Your Product's Accessibility Conformance Reports; VPAT - Demonstrates A Company's commitment  to Accessibility! (Tips and Lessons Learned)

Overview: 

VPAT is a report to demonstrate Accessibility intent of a company. In many cases, an Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) or completed Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) serves as your product's "first impression" when it comes to accessibility. Therefore, it's critical to ensure your ACR contains accurate and understandable remarks that provide a clear picture of your product's accessibility.

In this session, CGI will describe our recommendations for writing an ACR and a Supplemental Accessibility Report (SAR) that are thorough but usable documents; providing your clients with a procurement document and/or release deliverable they can clearly understand. We will also discuss accessibility successes and challenges that users experience.

Participants will learn:

  • Gain knowledge of how to write an Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) using the ITI's VPAT that accurately and thoroughly describes the accessibility of your product. 
  • Gain knowledge of how to write a Supplementary Accessibility Report (SAR) that elaborates on the content contained within the ACR and meets the criteria outlined on Section508.gov.
  • Tips on how to ensure that ALL accessibility documentation (including the ACR and SAR) are both usable and accessible.
  • How to set the targets to achieve conformance.

Speaker Bios:

Rebecca Knoll
Rebecca Knoll
is a digital accessibility professional at CGI, a premier global information technology and business consulting provider. She has an expert understanding of accessibility guidelines, including Section 508, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specification. She is also knowledgeable of user experience and user-centered design as a Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) through Human Factors International. 

Priti Rohra
Priti Rohra is passionate about Accessibility who loves to explore Technology! A low vision person who started her accessibility journey way back in 2003 as an Accessibility Tester. A commerce grad with knowledge of JAWS and the desire to make technology accessible for all. Over the years have learnt, dreamt and lived accessibility every moment and the love for accessibility is ever increasing! Priti is experienced working with different accessibility standards and guidelines including Section 508, WCAG (1.0, 2.0 and 2.1), etc. and has worked with different  assistive technologies including screen readers, screen magnifiers, speech recognition tools, switch input etc. 

Priti has enjoyed working with different technologies, software, web, PDF, Office documents, and mobile apps. She enjoys engaging in accessibility conversations and have trained accessibility engineers both in and outside BarrierBreak. She is a proud member of the team who drafted the National ICT Accessibility policy for the Government of India.  She has successfully helped the company to make Accessibility happen at a scale and is learning each day that goes by.

Elizabeth Whitmer
Elizabeth Whitmer is a digital accessibility professional at CGI, a premier global information technology and business consulting provider. She has an expert understanding of accessibility guidelines, including Section 508, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specification. She is also knowledgeable of user experience and user-centered design as a Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) through Human Factors International. In recent years, Elizabeth has gained experience as a conference presenter, having co-presented sessions to share accessibility lessons learned in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 at the international CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.


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