PEAT Talks: How and Why to Make VPATs a Priority

Thursday, September 21, 2pm ET

Over the years, Elsevier has responded to hundreds of customer requests for Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs). In this webinar, accessibility experts Ted Gies and Jay Nemchik will discuss the business significance of VPATs, and their best practices for handling requests.




PEAT Talks is a monthly virtual speaker series to showcase organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace. Held the third Thursday of every month at 2pm ET, these events are designed to be energetic and interactive discussions highlighting a spectrum of exciting work. To see upcoming events in this series, please visit our calendar.


Ather Shariff

Ted Gies leads the web accessibility initiative at Elsevier and parent company RELX. He co-authored the company accessibility policies and developed several learning tools on disability and assistive technology. Ted draws from 18 years in user experience, where he led design and user studies in fields such as geology, health sciences, and academic and corporate research.  

Jay Nemchik is a web accessibility specialist who works closely with developers to achieve compliance throughout the development process and evaluates Elsevier products (both websites and applications) for accessibility compliance using both Section 508 guidelines (completion of VPATs) and W3C WCAG 2.0 international standards.