This is based heavily on Participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day. These activities help us use the web as people with disabilities do, and see if we can help make our sites and apps better for them.

Disability can be defined as the conflict between Ability (the functional capability of a person) and a Barrier (a problem created by a product). We can find these barriers and remove them, or avoid putting them there in the first place, opening up our sites and apps to more people.

Check order of elements

People with visual disabilities that use screen readers hear the page in the order of the HTML source of the page. People with cognitive disabilities need clear and consistent presentation of information.

Check for sufficient color contrast, and for colour blindness compatibility

People with visual disabilities and those with colour blindness need information that has sufficient colour contrast and information that isn’t represented only in colour.

Enlarge your fonts

People with visual disabilities enlarge their fonts or use a zoom tool so that text is more readable.

Go mouseless / trackpadless

People with physical disabilities use a keyboard instead of a mouse as it doesn’t require precise movements.

Surf the Web with a screen reader

Blind people use screen readers to surf the web. Some people want to hear information as well as read it, such as those with visual or cognitive disabilities.

This list is heavily based on Screen readers and web browsers – what’s the best pairing for testing?.

Try a different Operating System to your usual one. Maybe someone sitting at your table has a computer or phone that’s different to yours?