Could you please direct me to (or supply me with) a copy of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for Prezi? Thanks !

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Does the organization have a VPAT for Prezi?
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Hi mmcnett,

I'm afraid we don't currently have a VPAT for Prezi. Prezi is not ADA compliant.

Is there any special need that you would need help with?

Best regards,

Vera
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This is unfortunate given the potential loss of Prezi audiences in -all- Education and Governmental institutions that require accessibility compliance or risk civil rights litigation.The hammer is comign down now on these issues. Is meeting any web accessibility standard on any sort of Prezi development road map?
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Hi Jeff,

I'm afraid this is not currently planned. However, I've noted this as a request and will let the responsible teams know.

Best,

Vera
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Would it be possible to have someone at the company attempt to fill out the VPAT form? It's available here: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/126555.pdf And instructions are here: http://www.calstate.edu/Accessibility/Eit_Procurement/VPAT_Guide.html
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Hello Andi,

Prezi is not ADA or accessibility compliant. For this reason, this form will only be filled out if a large group purchasing a great number of licenses requests it.

I apologise for any inconvenience.

Best,
Vera
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Perhaps "a large group" isn't asking because, in doing its market research, it has seen the two discussion threads where Prezi has dismissed the issue.  In this thread alone universities and federal agencies have expressed interest - neither of them are 'large enough groups' for Prezi to bother to evaluate its product?  Self-auditing, using the VPAT, for example, might bring to light features which ARE accessible, to persons with some disabilities, though maybe not others.  Michigan State University isn't big enough? Access to the entire US Federal government?
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I really wish Prezi was 508 compliant since my customer at NASA loves it and we would like to put a presentation on the web for millions to see but because of this issue we will only be able to use it in private meetings. 
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I'm very sorry to hear that Maria, but I'm afraid my earlier reply to Andi still holds.

Best,
Vera
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I am doing research for the NC Community College System and was looking for a VPAT for Prezi as well as any information regarding accessibility. So I too am disappointed with this information.
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Hi Elizabeth,

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Best,
Vera
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How unfortunate, Vera. I'm with Michigan State University, one of the largest institutions of higher education in the world. There is a growing interest in using Prezi, but without being ADA compliant, it will never become widely used here or at other publicly funded institutions. I hope your administrators will reconsider this decision. 
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I understand Michelle and am sorry to hear this, thank you for letting us know.

Best,
Vera
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Vera, at which stage is Prezi of making it Section 508-conformant? (not sure what "accessibility compliant" means, the DoJ says that the ADA does cover the Internet but there are not ADA-specific standards, and Section 508 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973).
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I'm not sure of your intent or Prezi's intent, but your responses come across as very dismissive of the question or concern.  There is no indication that Prezi is even considering the issue and that it's not interested.  Am I reading your responses correctly?
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Hi Gary,

I'm afraid the platform that we use cannot be read by accessibility software. Section 508-conformance is not in our current plans.

Please share what disability you would need this for, and we might be able to come up with a workaround. There are several things you can try. For example, adding voice-overs to individual path steps of your prezi and then embedding the prezi in an ADA compliant website might serve as a solution to some audiences.

Best,
Vera
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I use speech recognition software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking).  Could I even develop a prezi presentation using DNS?
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Hi Gary,

I'm afraid creating a prezi with DNS isn't currently possible. I understand and apologise if this causes you any inconvenience.

Best regards,
Vera
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It means I cannot use Prezi, since I've become largely dependent on DNS.  If I could dictate all of the text and just have to manually control any commands, at this point, it might work.  Has Prezi actually tested its application with DNS - wondering how you've determined its incompatibility. Thanks,
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How can this be used for education when it is not ADA compliant?  We are not allowed to use anything that is not 508 compliant.
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Please note that VPATs are based on the US Access Board's standards for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NOT the ADA.  While some states have adopted Section 508 (mostly for public universities), Section 508 only applies to Federally-conducted programs (not even federally-funded programs, such as grant recipients).  The US Dep't of Justice doesn't seem to have fully come out and said that all websites must be accessible under the ADA.  Where they have, there is still no measurable standard under the ADA for website accessibility, since the ADA was created before the web existed and no amendment has included any measures or standards for web accessibility.

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I'm very sorry to hear this, Deb. Prezi use in education is pretty widespread, it seems not all institutions require ADA compliance.

Regards,
Vera
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If an institution does not require ADA compliance, then they are sitting on a lawsuit timebomb.  
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If they DO or DO NOT require ADA Compliance?
please note that VPATs are based on the US Access Board's standards for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NOT the ADA.  While some states have adopted Section 508 (mostly for public universities), Section 508 only applies to Federally-conducted programs (not even federally-funded programs, such as grant recipients).
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As a consultant for the Federal government, I acquired a Prezi Team License. In the past two years, the Federal websites with which I have been involved have been completely updated to incorporate new web design capabilities and to ensure compliance with Federal accessibility compliance requirements under Section 508 WCAG 2.0 guidelines. If Prezi has no plans to address the accessibility compliance requirements, then I am sorry to say that I will have little need for the licenses.
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Hello All,

Just letting you know that we've written a Making Your Prezi ADA Friendly article that includes tips and workarounds for making your Prezi presentations more accessible.

While we know this does not make Prezi ADA compliant, we do hope it will help open your presentations' audience.

Kind regards,
Vera