Experts Wanted (and yes, that does mean you)!

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Do you use voice recognition software or keyboard navigation (ie. do not use a hand held mouse) or live with colour blindness and are within one hour of London? Are you interested in giving feedback on your experiences of using websites? Are you available during August/September? If so, this opportunity might be right up your street.

Our contact, her name’s Kath by the way, is friendly, flexible and happy to meet somewhere that’s mutually convenient for each feedback session. A session is likely to last an hour or so and you will receive £50 to thank you for your help and time. Interested? Then read on…

Kath is a freelance accessibility consultant with a passion for user centred design. She enjoys working with web teams to create engaging and easy to use websites. She was Senior Consultant at AbilityNet from 2006 to 2009.

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Who can get involved?
Do you experience difficulties surfing the web or using your computer? Perhaps because of a health condition or injury?
Do you adapt your computer in some way?

Some examples:
You have a health condition or injury that makes it difficult to use a mouse – perhaps due to poor dexterity, tremors or fatigue
You use an alternative mouse, such as a switch, sticky keys or head/mouth operated
You use an alternative keyboard, such as foot, one handed, on-screen or Dvorak
You use voice recognition software
You use a combination of the technology mentioned above

What happens during a session?
A typical session will last from 1 to 1.5 hours. You will be asked some questions about yourself and your experiences of using websites similar to the one you are reviewing.

You will be asked to try out a task that a visitor to the site might do. For example, select a product and add it to your shopping basket, check how much money is in your account, compare two products etc. By doing this, you’ll be able to point out what makes a website difficult or easy to use.

The session will finish with a chance for you to give your overall opinions of the website.

Each session will be filmed and the footage used solely to inform potential accessibility improvements.

Things to remember:
– You’re the expert of your condition and experiences
– There is no right or wrong answer, it’s important to hear exactly what you think
– If you have any questions, please do ask
– You can take a break at any time
– Your feedback will help to influence further website developments
– When the information’s available, you will receive a follow-up email explaining how your comments have helped to make the website more accessible 
– The session is confidential – only people directly involved in the project will view the footage

Still interested? Got any questions? Then please do get in touch: [email protected]


Team EbD

PS. If you’re not available in August/September, but would be interested in future projects, feel free to drop us a line and we’ll add your name to the list : )