As technology continues to evolve, the importance of accessibility and inclusion in software development has become more critical than ever. Digital Assurance plays a vital role in ensuring that software is accessible and inclusive for users with disabilities or special needs. We will discuss the role of Digital Assurance in accessibility and inclusion, including the challenges faced by users with disabilities and the importance of testing for accessibility.
Individuals with disabilities face a unique set of challenges when using technology. These challenges can range from physical disabilities, such as blindness or mobility impairments, to cognitive disabilities, such as dyslexia or ADHD. Software that is not designed with accessibility in mind can create significant barriers for these users, limiting their ability to access the same information and services as others.
Testing for accessibility is an essential part of the software development process. It ensures that software is designed with accessibility in mind and that users with disabilities can access and use it effectively. Accessibility testing involves identifying and addressing any barriers that may prevent users with disabilities from accessing or using the software. These barriers can include issues with colour contrast, font size, keyboard navigation, and screen readers.
Digital Assurance plays a critical role in ensuring that software is accessible and inclusive for users with disabilities or special needs. Here are some techniques that can be used:
Overall, using a combination of these techniques can help ensure that digital products and services are accessible and inclusive for everyone.
One great example is Apple, that has made significant strides in accessibility and inclusion testing for users with disabilities or special needs.
It has been said that Apple’s VoiceOver feature, a screen reader that enables users who are blind or visually impaired to use their Apple devices, has helped the company gain market share among those who are blind or visually impaired. In the United States, only 5% of people who are blind or visually impaired use Android phones, according to a 2012 report by the National Federation of the Blind.
Similarly, Apple’s Switch Control feature, which allows users with physical disabilities to control their device using external switches or a keyboard, has also been praised for its accessibility. In a 2017 study conducted by the research firm Fluent, 81% of disabled users reported that they were likely to purchase an Apple product because of its accessibility features.
Digital Assurance engineers can help in identifying and addressing accessibility barriers in software. Collaboration between Software testers, design and development teams is also essential to ensure that accessibility is integrated into the software’s design and functionality. By making software accessible and inclusive, we can ensure that all users can access the same information and services, promoting greater equality and inclusivity for all.
By Uma Raj
By Uma Raj
By Abishek Balakumar
Shaheen Mariam has more than 8 years of experience in Digital Assurance. She has a Master's degree in Computer Science Engineering. An AWS certified Solution architect-associate who is also an ISTQB certified tester. She has extensive manual and API testing experience, a keen eye for finding bugs, and a strong commitment to producing high-quality products.