An Introduction to Accessibility Testing for Mobile Apps

Bios & Handouts Videos

Scheduled at 11:15am in Standley I Lab on Wednesday, November 16 (2016).



  • Ken Nakata, Director of Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cxytera

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


As mobile apps become more common the accessibility of those apps become more critical. Let us show you the basics of mobile app accessibility testing.


Mobile devices are growing in number each year. With that trend emerges many mobile apps that prove useful to everyday life. Along with this increase comes an increased need to ensure that these mobile apps are accessible. Validating the accessibility of a mobile app, however, requires a different approach than reviewing a web site or document for accessibility. This session will cover the basics of testing a mobile app for accessibility.

The focus of this session will be to help attendees understand what types of accessibility features are included with mobile device operating system as well as how to use those features to verify the level of accessibility of a mobile app. The session will cover a basic testing methodology that can be applied to most mobile devices in use today.


  1. Learn the ‘types’ of accessibility features available on mobile devices
  2. Lean how some of the accessibility features might be used to verify accessibility of a mobile app
  3. Lean a basic accessibility testing methodology that can be applied to mobile app testing

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Ken Nakata

Ken Nakata is an attorney in the area of IT accessibility and works as the Director of Accessibility Practices for Cryptzone. His work focuses on web and software accessibility from both a legal and technical perspective. He also helps organizations manage the change towards accessibility in all aspects-including crafting policies, developing stakeholder ownership, and forging awareness and commitment to the legal and business case supporting accessibility.

Ken worked for twelve years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has argued on behalf of the United States government many times before the federal courts and has helped shape the government’s policies for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. In addition to litigation, he also helped developed many of the Department’s policies, including Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities available at and which reflects the Department’s current view towards ADA compliance for state and local government websites. Ken is a frequent speaker on both law and technology and is equally adept at conducting one-on-one workshops with programmers and developers as well as explaining law and policy to large audiences.