Accessibility Features and Assistive Technology
There are a number of free/open source screen readers available for Windows users. One of the more popular ones is NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA). Take a bit of time beforehand to download the software and learn some of NVDA’s documented basic keystrokes.
Mac users, you have a built-in screen reader called VoiceOver on your systems. Take some time to visit the site referenced to familiarize yourself with how to turn on VoiceOver and some of the basic keystrokes. Also, explore Accessibility features for Apple products that operate on iOS.
There are a number of free tools that can help designers and developers to test the accessibility of their pages. One of these is WAVE – Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool from the folks at WebAIM.
The Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA) is a tool, provided by the Paciello Group, that helps you determine the legibility of text and the contrast of visual elements, such as graphical controls and visual indicators.
Deque’s axe Browser Extension integrates into Chrome & Firefox’s built in Developer Tools to allow convenient access to a page’s accessibility barriers in a way already familiar to most Web Developers.
The Adaptech Research Network has a library of free or inexpensive software that is useful to people with disabilities. Why not try one or more of these software.