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    For beginners who would love to add accessibility testing to their skill set, do you have recommendations on some valuable resources, topics and tools to start with?


    Hello buddy,

    There are various companies in the accessibility business that swear by accessibility testing. The Disability Rights Commission, like, have consistently maintained that testing a website with real disabled users is the only way to make sure it gives optimum accessibility.

    Their formal investigation into the accessibility of 1500 websites and the PAS 78 document they created both very well state that accessibility testing is the way to uncover all accessibility problems.

    The main advantages of conducting accessibility testing have:

    – You’ll uncover website usability issues too

    As accessibility testing includes testing your website with real people, you’ll get the side advantage of revealing website usability problems too.

    If still, you’re going to invest the time and money associated with conducting accessibility testing then you might as well just carry out regular usability testing.

    Regular usability testing will uncover more usability problems as disabled users tend to take longer to complete tasks so carry out fewer tasks in a testing session.

    – It’s a great learning experience for your web team

    Running accessibility testing sessions, especially if you’re able to watch them live, is a great learning experience for everybody concerned.

    There’s nothing more eye-opening than watching real users with real disabilities attempt to use your site. Accessibility testing is also an excellent way of getting the web team to get buy-in into accessibility.


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    @alishahenderson, thanks for your comment on how to carry out accessibility testing. And I do agree with you that the best way of doing accessibility testing for a site is to make a real people with disabilities access the site. But this doesn’t help when the product is in staging. Because it will be inspected by a QA person, who reports if there are any issues and to make it more clear the question was to en-light QA people who would like to add accessibility testing as a new skill set with possible resources.

    Since you have mentioned about PAS 78, it is a best practice guide and it provides advice on issues with accessibility. They have to be familiar with WCAG 2.0 as well. Also found this guide https://dojo.ministryoftesting.com/dojo/lessons/30-days-of-accessibility-testing, it should definitely help anyone to kick start their accessibility career

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