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

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



  • Jeffrey Singleton, 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, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App 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.