Accessibility Testing Tools for Developers


Presented at 2:15pm in Windsor on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • Gerard Cohen, Lead Accessibility Strategist, Atlassian

Session Details

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


There're a lot of accessibility tools available today. This presentation will provide an overview these tools, and how they can be built into your workflow.


Identifying accessibility issues as early as possible in the web SDLC can save an organization or project a substantial amount of money, time, and headaches over trying to augment a web site or application after initial development. Using a testing tool for accessibility will definitely help with this process.

We will start with some very basic checks that will help uncover a large percentage of accessibility defects. From there, using some in-browser tool tools for additional checks/ information by performing a manual scan, or audit, of a particular web page. Finally, for the more advanced cases, we will talk about automated testing tools that allow for robust scripting of accessibility tests. We will talk about the possibility of incorporating into build processes, unit tests, and end to tests.

This presentation will be mainly suited for front-end developers but could also benefit QA testers and anyone that is interested in providing an accessible online solution.


  1. Learn about basic testing tools that should be done for all projects
  2. Leverage browser tools to assist in testing your code
  3. Experiment with incorporating a11y tests into automated end-to-end testing

Disability Areas

Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gerard Cohen

Over the past decade, Gerard has built and advised top-notch digital accessibility teams that have impacted millions of individuals worldwide. His experience ranges from supporting commercial financial applications responsible for transferring trillions of dollars globally, to enhancing accessibility on pre-Elon Twitter. Currently, Gerard drives the Atlassian Design System Accessibility Team where he collaborates with a group of exceptional designers and engineers to help enhance the accessibility of components used to build team productivity tools like Jira, Confluence, and Trello.

Gerard is recognized as a catalyst for change, igniting cultural transformation at both grassroots and executive levels. He possesses an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of digital accessibility and effectively bridges gaps between HR, Legal, Marketing, Product, Design, Engineering and Quality Assurance teams.

He has a remarkable history of advocating for individuals with disabilities and promoting diversity and fairness in the workplace. Moreover, he is highly regarded for his expertise, as evidenced by his frequent speaking engagements at conferences nationwide and the widespread recognition of his courses on the Pluralsight learning platform as essential training for organizations worldwide.


  • Accessibility Testing Tools for Developers

    Accessibility Testing Tools for Developers

    There're a lot of accessibility tools available today. This presentation will provide an overview these tools, and how they can be built into your workflow.