How to use a screen reader for accessibility testing

What screen reading software can highlight about accessibility for blind and visually impaired website visitors

Date and time

Thursday 25 June 2020 - 13:00 to 14:30 BST

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.


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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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.

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.

Why you should attend

There are 2 million people in the UK with a vision impairment. This is predicted to double by 2050. Do you think you’d be able to accomplish basic tasks on your website without looking at the screen? Sighted users distinguish interactive controls from text via appearance; screen reader users need to be made aware. Using a screen reader for testing the accessibility of your website is a valuable way to highlight what changes might need to be made. This course will show you how to use some of the most common screen reader software out there to outline any issues you need to rectify on your site. 

Who is this training for

The intended audiences for this training include anyone wishing to use a screen reader to test for accessibility of web content, primarily developers and testers. 

What will be covered

Attendees will learn about:

  • Screen reader basics​
  • Different mobile and desktop screen reader software 
  • Browser features and system tools 
  • Screen magnifiers with screen reader readers 
  • Literacy tools
  • Some cool screen reader-related apps​


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 our previous attendees say

"Very insightful and informative."  

"The explanation of the various screen readers and how to test using them will help me more effectively spot accessibility issues in content."

“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 one of our trainers

Joe Chidzik

Joe Chidzik is an Accessibility and Usability Consultant with over 15 years of experience. He is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) meaning he has successfully passed both the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) exams. Joe manages a small team of accessibility consultants in delivering accessibility consultancy ranging from technical audits and user tests, through to ongoing involvement in accessibility of agile projects, particularly app development.