V-what? VPAT!! - Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT™)

Most of the IT world has at least heard of Section 508, an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, but many  are a bit sketchy on what's involved in actual 508 compliance. Here's an excerpt from the www.section508.gov website explaining the purpose of Section 508:

"In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘ 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others."

The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial "Electronic and Information Technology" products and services with features that support accessibility. So it is indeed great news that we have released the CRM 4.0 VPAT.

It can be found here:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/d/7/1d7af6c9-af47-49eb-8f57-5c06b4c0cd39/Microsoft%20Dynamics%20CRM%204%200%20VPAT.doc