How to begin your own accessibility testing

Learn how to use manual and automated accessibility testing tools, and about testing with disabled users

Date and time

Thursday 13 May 2021 - 13:00 to 14:30 BST

The date for this course has now passed - but you can purchase the recording below soon or join our mailing list and we will keep you updated when the training is repeated in the near future.

Attendees of the How to begin your own accessibility testing session may also wish to attend the following sessions in the testing series:

Understanding accessibility evaluations and testing results


Online - this course is delivered via the Zoom platform


  • The course will be delivered with live captions
  • We can share slides in advance if required
  • A captioned recording with transcript will be shared with attendees after the live event

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Please note: after purchasing a ticket you are able to reassign the ticket, if somebody different to the ticket purchaser will be attending the training.

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Why you should attend

Learning how to do your own basic accessibility testing has many benefits. Not only does it help you create accessible products and services, it can help you with developing a digital accessibility strategy, embed accessibility within your development cycle or improve procurement decisions. Knowing how to complete a few simple tests can give you reassurance that you are making accessibility improvements and focusing your resources in the right areas. 

Who is this training for

  • Product owners / managers in development environments

  • Developers 

May also be of interest to:

  • Testers

  • Designers

  • Content creators

  • Managers (at an organisational level)

  • Trainers / Teachers / Academics

Attendees will need to have some general knowledge of accessibility and this course will focus on how these can be applied. You will not need to be familiar with coding techniques.

You may also wish to attend our follow-up course 'Understanding accessibility evaluations and testing results' on Thursday 27 May 2021.

What will be covered

In this course you will be introduced to free accessibility tools and basic manual tests. At the end of the course you will be able to

  •  undertake simple accessibility checks and understand the limitations of basic checks
  •  select and use appropriate accessibility checkers to support your testing
  •  identify accessibility issues and understand some approaches to prioritising issues

Please note, the date for this course has now passed - but you can purchase the recording below or join our mailing list and we will keep you updated when the training is repeated in the near future.

Important information 

Class size: 

  • We limit the number of people on our training courses to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions and have an informative experience.

What to bring: 

  • You will need a good internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer and to be able to open/use the Zoom platform without restrictions on your device

Why train with us?

  • 97% of attendees rated our webinars and training ‘Excellent' or ’Good’ in 2019
  • Attendees will receive a link to the recording of the training to watch back at your leisure after the event. (And you’ll always have access to the latest advice as we will update the content on the link when the training is repeated in the future.)

What previous attendees say

"Very insightful and informative."  
"A well delivered and well-paced webinar. Liked the polls and colourful examples." 
“I’ve found the sessions useful in bringing the range of accessibility issues to our attention, from website navigation to ensuring that images are meaningful to the visually impaired… I’d say that the training is essential for those responsible for the content of public websites.”

Meet our trainer

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James Baverstock is an Accessibility & Usability Consultant at AbilityNet. His role includes carrying out design reviews, accessibility audits, user testing and providing in-depth consultancy to organisations on web accessibility and usability.
His background includes experience of website management, automated testing systems and consultancy on digital policies and standards. He is accredited with the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) qualification awarded by IAAP and holds an MSc in Information Systems from City University.

About our training team

Our trainers have decades of experience between them. They deliver accessibility consultancy ranging from technical audits and user tests, through to ongoing involvement in the accessibility of enterprise-level agile projects. They regularly champion accessibility at conferences and run workshops.