Accessibility Inspection

An Accessibility Inspection is a specialised type of Heuristic Evaluation where an interface is inspected against a pre-agreed set of Accessibility Guidelines.

The most common type of inspection is one that checks the conformance of a website against the W3 WCAG 2.0 guidelines. However, accessibility applies to all types of IT systems, including internal and external software applications and mobile apps.

What it provides:

At its most basic, IT accessibility can be defined as giving as many people as possible the ability to access and effectively use web or software applications on a digital device irrespective of any physical or mental impairment they might have.

In 2010, The Equality Act came into force in England, Scotland and Wales and makes the fair treatment of disabled people a legal requirement. Websites, intranets and ‘Software as a Service’ are covered under the legislation.

An Accessibility Inspection is used to assess whether an interface is accessible and meets recommended Accessibility Guidelines. A User Evaluation with people with disabilities using their assistive technologies can also be invaluable in testing whether an interface is usable by disabled people.