We are constantly working to improve the Submittable platform so that it can be used by everyone.
Submittable attained a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (or VPAT), affirming that our platform is accessible to a wide range of submitters with disabilities.
Submittable’s VPAT follows industry standards outlined in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. WCAG is maintained by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).
Here are some of the most common accessibility-related questions we receive.
A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a document that states Submittable’s conformance to accessibility requirements set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Submittable’s VPAT follows industry standards outlined in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which were included in recent updates to Section 508. WCAG is maintained by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).
Submittable hired a third party, Perkins Access, to assess the submitter side of the platform and provide a VPAT.
Perkins Access digital accessibility consultants thoroughly reviewed the Submittable platform to identify any accessibility barriers, and collaborated with Submittable’s development team to remove them.
The Submittable development team addressed the issues that were found and began training new hires on accessibility. Perkins Access then validated that these accessibility barriers were addressed before drafting the final VPAT.
We believe that building an accessible product makes for a better product overall, and want all users, regardless of ability, to be able to use Submittable.
It’s also the law. An amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 required Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.
The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information comparable to the access available to others.
Because Submittable is used by many organizations that receive federal funding, and seeks to be of service to similar organizations in the future, improved accessibility is also of importance to many of our customers.
Our VPAT verifies that we are accessible to a wide range of submitters with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these.
Current Submittable customers can ensure their application and submission forms are accessible by following this guide.