Balancing Automated Scanning, Manual Testing and Assistive Technology for Successful Website Accessibility Testing

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in WB II on Thursday November, 16.



  • Ken Nakata, Director of Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cryptzone

Session Details

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


With web accessibility litigation increasing, how do you test that your website is properly accessible to individuals with disabilities? Learn the best approach to maximize the use of your resources for accessibility testing and how avoid the common pitfalls that plague many accessibility testing efforts.


Accessibility lawsuits have surged dramatically, triggered from so-called “ADA Letters” sent by law firms alleging individuals with disabilities are denied access to organizations’ goods and services. But how do you effectively and efficiently test that your website is accessible to individuals with disabilities? Join Senior Accessibility Solutions Consultant Jeff Singleton as he discusses lessons learned building and implementing effective accessibility testing frameworks, including: • How to scope and define testing emphasis to maximize coverage for minimal effort • Pitfalls of relying solely on automated testing tools • Automated testing – what capabilities to look for in automated testing solutions • Testers and auditors – what qualifications and skills to look for in accessibility testing • Assistive technology – key factors to consider Learn accessibility testing best practices to maximize accessibility and to minimize litigation risk.


  1. Learn where to focus testing to maximize accessibility coverage with minimal effort
  2. Learn strengths and weaknesses of automated scanning, manual testing and assistive technology
  3. Learn the quickest way to improve your accessibility testing practice

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Ken Nakata

Ken Nakata is the one of the most well-known attorneys in the area of IT accessibility and is the Director of Cryptzone’s Accessibility Consulting Practice (ACP). His work focuses on Web and software accessibility from both a legal and technical perspective. Nakata’s ACP team helps organizations manage the change towards accessibility in all aspects, providing consulting services aimed at shaping their accessibility policies and practices, and evaluating the overall state of their Web properties leveraging the company’s accessibility solutions. Nakata 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. Nakata also worked as Director of Accessibility and Government Compliance at BayFirst Solutions, a Washington, DC consulting firm.