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

Bios & Handouts Videos

Scheduled at 9:15am in Cotton Creek I on Thursday, November 16 (2017).



  • Ken Nakata, Director of Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cxytera

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 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.