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Live: Environmental Concerns: Making Your Usability Tests Accessible

taught by: Erica Braverman

Session Summary

You are ready to start UX studies with participants who have disabilities! But how can you make sure that the study experience itself is accessible? Learn how to plan for accessibility at every step of the way.


Watch this presentation in the Knowbility Learning Center

In this session, we will break apart the anatomy of various types of usability studies and look at where accessibility barriers can pop up at each stage (screeners, NDAs, testing environment, etc). We will also talk about some "soft skills" that researchers can apply to their studies to maximize participant comfort and accessibility. We will discuss how to evaluate digital testing tools for accessibility and how to build the time and space needed to do so into the study timeline. Finally, we will practice troubleshooting with some sample study components and try coming up with our own accessibility solutions.

Practical Skills

  • Attendees will learn about where participants can run into accessibility barriers at different stages of the usability study, and how they can evaluate digital materials to remove these barriers.
  • Attendees will learn about language and practices they can apply to help participants feel comfortable before, during and after the study.
  • Participants will try out ways that they can apply accessibility concepts from the workshop to sample studies.