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Getting started with screen readers

When I first started testing with a screen reader in 2015, I thought it was going to be nearly impossible. I started by opening the Apple VoiceOver guide and tried to memorize the first ten (of many) shortcuts. I looked at JAWS, hoping for a simpler solution. Not only did it not work for my Mac, but it was also going to set me back over a thousand dollars. I couldn’t see how this much effort was worth it for (what I thought was) only a few users. I was wrong.

One in five users in the United States has a legally recognized disability. This number does not include users with temporary impairments or those who have not reported a disability. If you’ve never seen someone with a screen reader on your analytics, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Analytics does not track assistive technologies screen readers, because screen readers read browsers themselves. …

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Ashley Dzick

Principal UX Consultant in the Midwest. Lover of dogs and plants.

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