Accessibility Testing Participant Pool

Opportunity for proficient users of assistive technology to help test Harvard digital products

Thank you for your interest in the Accessibility Testing Participant Pool. By joining the pool you become part of a group that periodically receives invitations to test Harvard University digital products for accessibility. You will receive notices by email when tests are available for your participation. Tests are scheduled and participants are recruited based on the needs of projects. You must be at least 18 years old to join the pool. We welcome students, Harvard affiliates, and members of the local Boston/Cambridge community to sign up for the Accessibility Testing Participant Pool.

Details about test sessions

During tests, participants are asked to perform basic tasks using assistive technology with a digital product such as a website or mobile app. The goal of the testing is to understand how proficient users of screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver), screen magnifiers (ZoomText), dictation/speach input (Dragon NaturallySpearking) and other assistive technologies navigate the digital products. Tests will be conducted on campus. A Harvard staff member will guide and observe the participant’s activities. A typical test lasts 1-3 hours. Participants will be compensated $25 per hour for each test session.

About this program

This program was initially funded through a grant from the President's Administrative Innovation Fund (PAIF) in 2016. Read more about the pilot grant project. The participant pool is uniquely focused on testing Harvard University digital products rather than supporting academic research. The intent of the program is to connect Harvard staff with proficient users of assistive technology. 

Contact information

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How to sign up

To join the testing pool, please fill out the form on our website,