Skip to Main Content

Usability Testing with People with Disabilities

taught by: Elisa Miller , Jayne Schurick & Marine Menier


If you have conducted a usability test, you understand why it is important to observe your target users using your interface, and then apply what you learn to make their experience easy and fulfilling. In this full-day pre-conference workshop, you will learn how to adapt your usability testing to work with people with different disabilities and assistive technologies.

In this session, you will learn how to recruit and screen people with disabilities, the pros and cons of remote vs. in-person testing and moderated vs. unmoderated testing, and disability etiquette.

Best of all, you will practice writing a test plan and tasks, setting up the physical space to accommodate people with disabilities, moderating in-person and remote sessions, and interpreting your results.

Practical Skills:

  • When you should conduct usability testing as part of website design/development
  • Why usability is an important part of accessibility
  • Identifying, recruiting, and screening people with disabilities
  • Practice moderating a usability study with people of different abilities and assistive technologies


  • Basic understanding of usability testing

Presentation Materials: