VPAT 2.0 Essentials

VPAT 2.0 Essentials

Recording Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Length: 1.5 hours
Speakers: Mary Jo Mueller, Accessibility Standards Program Manager, IBM Accessibility Research and Glenn Meyer, Program Director, HP Inc. / Accessibility and Aging Program Office

Target Audience:  Product/offering managers, procurement officers, vendors 
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate 

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Worldwide accessibility standards are on the move with new requirements and government procurement regulations. Tune in to this webinar to learn how to be on top of the latest in reporting mechanisms for the US Revised Section 508, WCAG 2.0 and European EN 301 549 standards.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of what a VPAT is and its use in reporting accessibility conformance
  • Participants will be able to communicate to teams the importance of accurate reports
  • Participants will understand what has changed from the VPAT 1.0 
  • Participants will learn the essential requirements of an Accessibility Conformance Report based on the VPAT 2.0

Speaker Bios:

Mary Jo Mueller is the Accessibility Standards Program Manager in IBM Accessibility Research. Her primary role is to lead efforts to monitor and influence the development of worldwide accessibility standards, government policies and regulations as well as set the direction for accessibility standards compliance of IBM products. In addition, she is an accessibility expert with over 16 years of experience in the areas of software UI design and development to meet the user needs of persons with disabilities.

She started her IBM career in 1984 as a software developer of modem control code for the AS/400 communications subsystem. In 1998, she joined the accessibility team and developed assistive technologies such as Screen Reader/2, SpeechViewer, and Home Page Reader. The experience she gained there have been instrumental in her work on accessibility standards where she has been an active member of several W3C working groups and task forces as well as a contributor to ISO standards for the past 7 years.

Glenn Meyer is the Program Director of the Accessibility & Aging Program Office at HP.  Glenn is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for HP's accessibility program. The program office guides corporate-wide accessibility in product design and development, marketing, sales, web, services, support and other programs for persons with disabilities and age-related limitations.

He started his career at Compaq/HP in 1988 as an Industrial Engineer in the portables factory where he created the line balance, methods and tooling to assemble Compaq Computer's portable PC's. He has worked in Product Development for Notebook and Handheld PC's, Customer Service and Manufacturing. Glenn first became involved with the Accessibility Program Office in 2000 when he served as the first Accessibility Coordinator in the Handheld PC Business Unit.

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