How to use a screen reader for accessibility testing

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

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To help you get even better value this year, we have a 10 for the price of 8 bundle on AbilityNet online training courses for you and your team to enjoy. 

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  • Wednesday 24 August 2022
  • 13:00 - 14:30 BST

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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. 

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:

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

Location: 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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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

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Adi Latif

Adi Latif is a Senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet. His work ranges from working on accessibility audits to checking the accessibility of a client's website and apps, and providing training on inclusive design. 

Adi previously worked for Accenture, where he would help organisations to improve the efficiency of their business processes. Adi was also a professional snowboarder, and was a finalist in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 2020.