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Resources for Contractors

Social Security Administration follows the requirements of the Section 508 law when we purchase information technology and communications products and services. The following information is provided to assist prospective vendors with responding to solicitations and with product design and development activities.

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

This template is the most common format vendors use to describe how their products and services conform to the Section 508 standards.

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SSA Guide to Completing the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Vendors are strongly encouraged to review this guide prior to submitting a VPAT to SSA. SSA carefully reviews each VPAT submitted for completeness and accuracy prior to making an award decision.

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SSA Guide to Applying the Section 508 Standards

This guide outlines SSA's minimum criteria for evaluating and testing electronic and information technology services for Section 508 compliance. Also included are additional accessibility requirements that may be required in solicitations to ensure an accessible electronic and information technology environment at SSA.

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Developer Resources

Software developers and electronic content authors use a variety of accessibility guides and training materials to make the content provided on socialsecurity.gov accessible. SSA makes these resources available as a public service to assist anyone interested in developing and authoring accessible electronic content.

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