Lab: Introduction to Native Mobile Accessibility Testing (double session)


Presented at 10:00am in Virtual A on Thursday, November 19, 2020.



  • Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Engineer, The Paciello Group

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop: Mobile Device (Android Phone, iOS device, or Both) & Bluetooth keyboard, if possible laptop
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


Come learn about the most frequent accessibility issues and barriers that affect people with disabilities accessing content through mobile Applications. We will discuss the Mobile AT, tools and techniques for accessibility evaluation of native mobile applications.


We live in a mobile world. Smartphone applications are a way of life and are used to consume all types of content. However, just like websites these mobile applications can present barriers for people with disabilities. We will discuss the most frequent accessibility issues that cause barriers. In doing so we will explore the built-in assistive technology (AT) that allow people with disabilities to access content on these devices. Once familiar with both the issues and AT attendees will learn and apply high level evaluation tools and techniques on mobile applications directly on the devices. Finally, we will discuss some of the limitations when evaluating the accessibility of mobile applications.


  1. Demonstration of assistive technology on iOS & Android use for accessibility evaluation
  2. Understand the most frequent accessibility issues countered in mobile applications
  3. Apply high level accessibility evaluation techniques and tools on mobile applications

Disability Areas

Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Other, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Joe Humbert

Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG), brings a breadth and depth of accessibility experience that is both engaging and transformative for organizations applying over 14 years of experience supporting & engaging in accessibility efforts. Joe is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA, 2018) through the IAAP organization. His experience combines implementing accessibility at an institutional level, a technical background in web development and design, as well as an extensive background in Special Education and Accessibility. Before joining The Paciello Group, he spent 13 years working in higher education at two Big Ten universities supporting students, faculty, and staff with disabilities with creating and engaging with accessible content. He believes in and uses a people-centered approach to accessibility. Joe currently serves at the Native Mobile lead at TPG helping clients of all sizes ensure that their mobile applications are accessible to the widest audience regardless of disability.