Accessibility Testing with Screen Readers

Screen readers are software programs that allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer. The user sends commands by pressing different combinations of keys on the computer keyboard to instruct the speech synthesizer what to say and to speak automatically when changes occur on the computer screen.

Without proper code, a screen reader will not be able to navigate digital content, words, elements and links would be muddled which would result in a frustrating and confusing experience for the user.
Testing accessibility with a screen reader provides greater insight into understanding the accessibility barriers similar to how screen reader users experience the content.

This Accessibility training is intended for digital accessibility testers to guide them on how to use screen readers to identify and fix accessibility loopholes in digital content.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand digital accessibility, disability types, and various assistive technologies.
  • Understand the features of different mobile¬†and desktop screen reader¬†software.
  • Use a screen reader comfortably to identify accessibility issues.
  • Understand the benefits of using screen readers to test accessibility failures.
  • Easily identify compatibility of digital content with screen readers.
  • Identify invalid code and implement measures to fix
  • Refer to the WCAG guidelines relevant to screen reader user testers.
  • Learn how to create an accessibility report detailing the accessibility bugs identified via testing.

Prerequisites

  • Have experience in using JAWS
  • Have a minimum typing speed of at least 30 WPM and accuracy of at least 90%
  • Be competent in the use of the native screen reader on smartphone

Mode of Learning

A mix of theory and hands-on exercises

Duration of course

One day

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