An Introduction to Accessibility Testing for Mobile Apps

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



  • Jeffrey Singleton, 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

Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jeffrey Singleton

Jeff Singleton has worked in evaluating and supporting software for over two decades. Jeff is the Senior Accessibility Consultant at Cyxtera, the makers of Compliance Sheriff. Jeff is skilled in the use of AT software such as screen readers, assistive input devices and screen magnification for validating and testing projects. Jeff Singleton also has an in depth knowledge of accessibility requirements and guidelines such as Section 508 and the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how they apply to real world applications.