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How to Test for Accessibility

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Course Overview:

Your team will learn a practical approach to testing websites and applications for accessibility, using a combination of automated and manual testing techniques.

They’ll also learn how to document accessibility barriers while working with developers to remove them.

Learning Objectives

  • Accessibility testing 101

    Learn the limitations and advantages of manual vs. automated testing and WCAG vs. usability testing.
  • Testing with assistive technology

    Learn how to use desktop and mobile assistive technology for your testing purposes.
  • Intro to user testing

    Learn best practices for incorporating user with disabilities into your testing process.
  • Logging accessibility barriers

    Learn how to write, prioritize and retest accessibility defects.


This training is primarily intended for anyone who needs to test their own code, including testing it as it’s created.

Time estimate:

This training typically takes two to three hours depending on your needs.

Topics covered:

During this training, we typically cover the following topics:

  • Accessibility Testing Overview
    • Manual vs. automated testing
    • WCAG vs. usability testing
    • Writing test scripts
  • Automated Testing
    • Limitations
    • Free tools
    • Paid tools and scheduled scans
  • Manual Testing
    • Quick checks
    • Visual inspection
    • Use case/functional testing
    • Source code inspection
    • Specialized testing tools/bookmarklets
  • Testing with Assistive Technology (AT)
    • Desktop AT and keyboard shortcuts
    • Mobile AT native to iOS and Android
  • Introduction to User Testing with People with Disabilities
    • Ethical considerations
    • Moderating usability tests
    • Using the ‘think-aloud’ protocol
    • Observing/identifying accessibility barriers
  • Logging accessibility defects
    • Using bug-tracking tools
    • Writing defects
    • Prioritizing defects
    • Workflow and tracking
    • Retesting and closing

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to help you achieve better digital accessibility. If you can’t find an answer you need, please contact us.


Our team makes training recommendations based on your unique needs and project timeline. We incorporate training strategically, weaving sessions into your project, so that your teams have the skills they need when they need them, making an immediate impact. Building skills in-house throughout our engagement sets you up for continued success.

As many as you’d like! We don’t limit participants, because as educators, our goal is to build your organization’s skills. We open up our training to your entire team, so you have the help you need to sustain accessibility across your organization.

Of course you can! As you train with us, you can develop your own internal training library, which can serve as a resource for your current and future employees.

Yes, we can work with your vendor! We recommend training be provided in the most accessible format possible and will work directly with your caption provider to implement. If you don’t have a caption provider, we can make recommendations.

Talk to an expert about your accessibility needs.

We’re excited to partner with you to help your organization reach, engage and serve more people, more fully.
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