Section 508 requires U. S. federal agencies to research accessibility features before purchasing technology products. VPATs are templates used as tools to do the necessary research. Detailed accessibility information about HP products is easily available in our online database, which is available to government purchasers and the public.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 USC 794d), as amended by P.L. No. 106-246 (July 13, 2000), is implemented by Electronic and Information Accessibility Standards set forth in regulations of the US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (36 CFR Part 1194). Products used by U.S. federal agencies are required to be accessible by people with disabilities. In addition, federal agencies are required to research technology products before purchase to ensure that they are accessible to people with disabilities.
The U.S. Access Board is now updating the Section 508 standards. This effort will address new technologies and other areas where the standards need to be modified. HP participated in the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Council (TEITAC) to develop recommendations to the U.S. Access Board for changes to the Section 508 standards.
Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) are used to do the research necessary to comply with the requirements of Section 508. These Internet based tools help government agencies determine if technology products they are considering purchasing meet their accessibility requirements.
HP Accessibility has created a VPAT product database to provide detailed information on the accessibility features that support Section 508 requirements.