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's 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.

Participants will be paid $25 per hour. A typical test session lasts one to three hours. Tests are conducted on campus in Cambridge during the User Research Center's business hours between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

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 assistive technologies navigate Harvard's digital products. A Harvard staff member will guide and observe the participant’s activities. University computers are used for test sessions, although participants are invited to bring their own keyboard, refreshable Braille display, or other input device to use during test sessions. All participant information will be kept confidential.

Who can participate

We are seeking proficient users of assistive technology such as screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver), screen magnifiers (ZoomText, Fusion), dictation/speech input (Dragon NaturallySpeaking), and other assistive technologies. You must be at least 18 years old to join the pool. We welcome students, Harvard affiliates, and members of the community to sign up.

How to sign up

The survey will help us understand your background and the kinds of technology you use. We will periodically send announcements about testing opportunities to members of the pool. Participants who are available on the day of the test can indicate their interest by replying to the email announcement.

We usually receive many applications from qualified participants. Our staff will match the background of the interested participants with the needs of the tester. Participants who are selected will receive an email confirmation with details about the test. You may apply to participate in as many or as few test sessions as you like.

To join the testing pool, please fill out the form on our website: http://bit.ly/accessibilitypoolharvard

Contact information

Questions? Email us at digitalaccessibility@harvard.edu.

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.