A Strategy for Inclusive Accessibility Testing for Novices and Experts

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in Waverly on Wednesday, November 14.

#27741

Speaker(s)

  • Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships, The Paciello Group

Session Details

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

Summary

This session showcases an inclusive approach to using manual test tools to perform accessibility testing on web content through the visualization of a screenreading experience.

Abstract

This presentation will showcase an inclusive approach to using manual testing tools to perform accessibility testing on web content through the visualization of a screenreading experience.

The utilization of functionally testing with screenreaders have played a significant role in the manual testing processes of developers, QA testers, and accessibility specialists for the better part of two decades providing useful feedback to developers that cannot be solely gleaned by automated testing services. This session presents a solution to the challenges faced by sighted developers and quality assurance testers who are tasked with the process of manually testing digital content with a screenreader in a desktop environment.

The presenter will demonstrate effective strategies for quickly identifying defects while creating a system for logging them within spreadsheets by using the JAWS Inspect tool.

Keypoints

  1. Unveil the reality of inconsistent manual test results amongst testers using AT
  2. Attain a consistent method of reporting, sharing, and tracking website deficiencies
  3. Offer 3 visual strategies for testing audio content spoken by a screenreader.

Disability Areas

Vision

Topic Areas

Information Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Larry Lewis

Congenitally blind from cataracts that developed into a juvenile form of glaucoma, Lewis was fortunate to have been mainstreamed into the public school system. As a result of the excellent instruction that he received as a child, he is a fluent Braille reader and writer and a strong advocate for Braille literacy for students who cannot affectively access large print. These acquired Braille reading and writing skills allowed him to attain a comprehensive formal education. A Master of Arts in English has imparted to him the necessity for both written and verbal skill-sets. A Master of Science in Special Education (Blind Rehabilitation) has broadened his once myopic perspective of persons who are blind and visually impaired as well as persons who have secondary disabilities that may or may not be associated with their visual impairment.

He has been employed in both Domestic and International product management and sales management capacities for leading manufacturers in the adaptive technology industry serving the needs of global markets. For 12 years, he successfully ran his own company which focused on providing business development consulting, website remediation, training, and reselling services to institutions and individuals in need of customized adaptive technology solutions and digital accessibility guidance. He currently serves as Director of Channel Sales and Strategic partnerships for The Paciello Group, an organization committed to ensuring that electronic desktop and mobile content as well as content developed for kiosks conform with today’s accessibility guidelines.

Lewis’s personal interests include, hiking and other outdoor activities, reading, music, following a variety of sports, and he is heavily involved in his local Church. He enjoys practicing Yoga in a “hot” studio as a means of maintaining a healthy balance between body and mind. He’s also an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu—a grappling-based martial art which he has studied for the past twelve years. He enjoys competing in tournaments hosted by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, competing against other sighted practitioners winning gold medals in his weight class upon multiple occasions.

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