Note that we teach and encourage familiarity with screen readers, but do not recommend departments do their own screen reader testing. Effective and comprehensive screen reader testing requires multiple devices, a lot of training and a lot of practice. Please request a consultation before launch.
Look over your content with the 11 Key Accessibility Factors in mind. Clear, succinct, well organized content is the first step towards an accessible site.
Check your menus, links and headers for clarity. If you have not yet tested these on a real user, consider stopping by the Usability Lab.
Break up long blocks of text in to smaller chunks or lists.
Watch for text in images.
Make sure your videos have closed captions.
Give tables, forms, charts and graphs a close look for effective labeling. Make sure they work well on phones, and make sure they do not rely on color alone to communicate any important concepts.
Check your content again on a phone. Make sure images, tables and forms scale down to the small screens nicely.
Run a simple automated test. Two free tools we recommend for content authors:
WebAIM’s WAVE tool will highlight errors inline in [...]