User Tester Training Program to Empower Blind Accessibility Professionals

User Tester Training Program to Empower Next Generation of Blind Accessibility Professionals

First-of-its-kind career development program will help participants who are blind or visually impaired gain critical skills to become screen reader user testers.

NEWTON, Mass. (July 20, 2021) – The Carroll Center for the Blind today announced the launch of a revolutionary new career development course that aims to get adults with visual impairments prepared for pursuing employment in the field of digital accessibility. Through the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program, supported by funding from The Gibney Family Foundation, adults seeking employment will learn the skills needed to professionally explore, test, and report about the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and digital document files.

Screen reader user testers play a crucial role in digital accessibility by identifying and communicating problems to web developers and digital content creators so that these barriers can be remediated. Incorporating experienced, real-life users of assistive technology throughout the user testing process ensures people of all abilities have access to digital content. The first-of-its-kind program builds on The Carroll Center for the Blind’s pioneering work to advance opportunities and help people with disabilities achieve independence through employment.

“Through the Screen Reader User Tester Training Program, we’ll establish a [...]

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