How to use a screen reader for accessibility testing

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

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 will benefit from this training?

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. 

Level of training: Suitable for all levels of knowledge

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Book Now: Thursday 7 March 2024

  • 13:00 - 14:30 GMT

Attendees of the live training session will receive a Certificate of Attendance to add to their professional development training portfolio.

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What you will learn

  • 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​

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.)

Here's Adi, one of AbilityNet's accessibility consultants, who will be leading this session, demonstrating on this new video from Which? how testing for accessibility by using a screenreader is so valuable:

"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 your trainer - Jess Cahill

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Jess Cahill is an Accessibility & Usability Consultant with AbilityNet. Her professional background includes web product and project roles, content design and UX research, in both charity and private sectors, including in the disability field.  She also volunteers on the Missing Maps project, a humanitarian mapping project which aims to put vulnerable parts of the world on the map.

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.

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Thursday 7 March 2024
13:00 to 14:30 GMT



Online via Zoom


  • Delivered with live captions
  • Advanced sharing of slides if required
  • Captioned recording with transcript

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