Why and How to File a VPAT

All federal and state agencies require IT products and services to be reviewed for digital accessibility compliance. This includes institutions of higher education. The review must be done whether the IT is procured, developed, maintained, or used by the agency. To do that review, we ask you to fill out a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).

The VPAT is the industry standard for digital accessibility review. It covers Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that are the foundation of digital accessibility testing on all electronic and information resources (EIR). Each VPAT edition provided by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) covers the requirements of a portion of our international community.

University requirements

TAMU-CC requires version 2.0 or higher and one of the following editions:

  • Rev WCAG: covers WCAG for websites and web-based applications.
  • Rev 508: covers WCAG and additional federal standards in Revised Section 508 for hardware and software.
  • INT: covers WCAG, federal regulations, and international regulations.

Submitting to agencies for review

We recommend placing ACRs on an "Accessibility" webpage. Or you can email digitalaccessibility@tamucc.edu.

Each agency’s digital accessibility specialist will review your responses and score them. They will determine if your EIR is compliant or non-compliant.


Free Training

Free training on filling out VPATs

This quick guide on WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) includes standards to most types of EIR, not just the web.


Federal and International Guidelines

State Rules and Guidelines