Tools and Strategies for Testing Native Windows Software Apps for Accessibility

Tools and Strategies for Testing Native Windows Software Apps for Accessibility 

Recording Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Length: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, Level Access
Target Audience: Testers, developers, and others that need to understand how to verify native software apps are accessible to people with disabilities and conformant to accesssibility standards. 
Skill Level: Intermediate 

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This webinar will identify the tools and strategies necessary to validate that native apps such as Windows desktop software applications (software like MS Office, Skype, printer software) are accessible to people with disabilities.

A brief overview of non-web Mac and Java software accessibility testing tools will be provided.  The focus will be on identifying, obtaining, and configuring, using the tools to validate common accessibility requirements during testing and development.  Accessibility features of the OS will also be addressed as tools useful for validating conformance.  Coding experience is not needed and coding is not covered in the course.  The tools described are freely available and when used properly can augment the manual inspection process to identify the cause of issues and identify solutions.  This webinar will not cover testing web content, nor will mobile apps be covered.


  • Identify tools to evaluate accessibility information in non-web software applications. 

  • List the applicable accessibility standards used to test non-web software for accessibility.

  • Describe the test steps necessary to evaluate common accessibility issues found in non-web software.

  • Identify accessibility features of operating systems that can be used to evaluate functional access by users with disabilities.

Speaker Bio:

As Level Access's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jonathan Avila is involved in updating and maintaining Level Access's Unified Audit Methodology and Best Practice Library relating to Section 508, WCAG, and other accessibility standards. Jonathan has deep experience in the analysis, design and repair of software, web pages, mobile apps, Flash, documentation and hardware for accessibility. With an extensive technical and programming background, many years of experience in the accessibility field, and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings a valuable and unique perspective to access solutions for new and current technologies. Jonathan participates in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines working group and the mobile accessibility task force, blogs on accessibility issues, and has been the subject matter expert on several accessibility training courses created for the US Federal government.


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