The workshop video on this page is a beginners guide to testing websites for accessibility. Please follow the steps to get started.  

Step 1: Windows and Mac prep

  • Windows: If you use a Windows machine, please go to to, click the orange Download button, and install NVDA before the workshop. 
  • Mac: If you use a Mac, your machine comes preloaded with the screen reader VoiceOver. You may need to make two adjustments to other settings, however.
    • In System preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, make sure "Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls" is checked.
      The Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls setting in Mac System preferences
    • In Safari > Preferences > Advanced, make sure "Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage" is checked.
      The Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage setting in Safari Preferences

Step 2: Download keyboard shortcut cheat sheets

Download the keyboard cheat sheet and one screen reader cheat sheet:

  1. Keyboard shortcut cheat sheet
  2. Either:

Step 3: Download automated accessibility checkers

Install these browser accessibility checker extensions in your favorite browser:

Step 4: Open a test page

In another browser tab, open a webpage that you'd like to test. If you don’t have a page to test, open one of these demo pages that are purposely loaded with accessibility problems:

Step 5: Watch the video


W3C Specifications

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Accessibility Connections