Nov9

Quality Accessibility Conformance Reports using the VPAT

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Overview

In the ICT procurement process, the Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) based on the Voluntary In the ICT procurement process the Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) based on the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT®) is a key tool to help understand how well a product meets accessibility guidelines and standards. This session reviews what goes into writing a good ACR and what is involved in reading an ACR. We will include sample ACRs, with tips and tricks on making them more effective for everyone. Product Accessibility Template (VPAT®) is a key tool to help understand how well a product meets accessibility guidelines and standards. This session reviews what goes into writing a good ACR and what is involved in reading an ACR.

Participants will learn:

  • What an Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) based on the VPAT is 
  • How to write an accurate ACR
  • How to read an ACR

Speaker Bio

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Michele Van Doozer has been in accessibility since 2001 both at Sun Microsystems and Oracle. She is currently a Senior Accessibility Program Manager within the Accessibility Program Office (APO). The APO, reporting to the office of the Chief Corporate Architect, is responsible for defining the corporate standards for accessibility, and developing materials to train all employees so that they can successfully create products that meet those standards. The APO is also an active member of standards bodies and regulatory processes to promote harmonization of accessibility criteria.

Michele was a member of the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC) for the US Section 508 rewrite, being the co-chair of the Documentation subcommittee and the industry member of the Editorial committee. She is the Chair of the Accessibility Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).

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Mary Jo Mueller is the IBM Accessibility Standards Program Manager. She is part of the IBM Accessibility team within IBM Design. Our team has several responsibilities. We contribute to the development of worldwide accessibility standards and influence government accessibility policies. We also provide guidance, education and tools supporting IBM development teams worldwide in making our technologies and products accessible to persons with disabilities.

Mary Jo has 20 years of experience in the areas of software UI design and development for meeting the user needs of people with disabilities. Her primary role is to monitor and influence the development of worldwide accessibility standards and government policies and regulations and then take those standards to provide IBM teams guidance on the requirements. She has previously been involved in several W3C groups: Education and Outreach Working Group, Accessible Platform Architectures, and the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility (COGA) Task Force. She is a new member of the Silver Task Force working on WCAG 3.0 and co-chairs the Automated Conformance Testing (ACT) Task Force. Mary Jo has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.

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