Overcoming Obstacles to Manual Accessibility Testing

Overcoming Obstacles to Manual Accessibility Testing

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships, Paciello Group
Target Audience: QA, Developers and Accessibility testers
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

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The practice of functionally testing with screen readers have played a significant role in the manual testing processes of developers, QA testers, and accessibility specialists for the better part of two decades providing useful feedback to developers that cannot be solely gleaned by automated testing services. This session presents a solution to the challenges faced by sighted developers and quality assurance testers who are tasked with the process of manually testing digital content with a screen reader within a desktop environment. When time is of the essence, and deadlines are expected to be met, this necessary step to ensure that content is developed using accessibility best practices is often performed fairly hastily, and sometimes is overlooked altogether. Sighted individuals who are presented with the option of using a screen reader may have had little to no training as to how to effectively utilize a screen reader to perform basic tasks essential for manual, functional testing. Also, even if such training has been provided, the reality of a stream of auditory information being spoken to the untrained ear may be off-putting to the sighted, screen reading participant if not exercised consistently and routinely. Testers may improperly test content by tracking programmatic focus visually with speech muted, or with the screen reader disabled, simply because synthetic speech is perceived by them to be uncomfortable, disruptive, and at times overwhelming. While this presentation does not excuse nor eliminate the need for the use of a screen reader to perform specific manual tests within a desktop environment, it showcases an inclusive approach to using a screen reader coupled with complementary tools to perform accessibility testing, primarily for web and PDF content.

Participants will learn:

  • About manual accessibility testing 
  • Screen reader and other tools for testing
  • Efficiencies in accessibility testing

Speaker Bios:

Larry Lewis
Congenitally blind from cataracts that developed into a juvenile form of glaucoma, Larry was fortunate to have been mainstreamed into the public school system.  As a result of the excellent instruction that he received as a child, he is a fluent Braille reader and writer and a strong advocate for Braille literacy for students who cannot affectively access large print. These acquired Braille reading and writing skills allowed him to attain a comprehensive formal education.  A Master of Arts in English has imparted to him the necessity for both written and verbal skill-sets.  A Master of Science in Special Education (Blind Rehabilitation) has broadened his once myopic perspective of persons who are blind and visually impaired as well as persons who have secondary disabilities that may or may not be associated with their visual impairment.

He has been employed in both domestic and global product management and sales management capacities for leading manufacturers in the adaptive technology industry, serving the needs of both local and international markets. Larry currently serves as Director of Government Sales and Strategic partnerships for The Paciello Group, a Digital Accessibility Firm committed to ensuring that all digital content is meets with the most up to date accessibility guidelines and is accessible to all users.

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