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 pool is not accepting new participants at this time and is on hold for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Contact information

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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.