How the Accessibility QA Test Team (EAQAT) Can Assist with the Quality of Your State Product

Wednesday, December 11

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Geek School

Jean Alexander
Enterprise Accessibility Quality Assurance Team Supervisor, MNIT@DHS: MNsure

Greg Pesall
EAQAT Automation Engineer, MNIT@DHS: MNsure

Tatiana Smirnova
EAQAT Analyst, MNIT@DHS: MNsure

EAQAT brings awareness of accessibility: what the word means and how we can ensure products meet the needs of assistive technology users. By scanning documents and producing reports that development/technical teams can use for remediation, the products become accessible and useable for ALL end-users.

Attendees will learn about accessibility, see first-hand how a scan of a web application reports WCAG violations, and how the report can be used to help developers and business analysts understand the violations as well as how to fix them, ensuring the end product is accessible and useable.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain a better understanding of what accessibility means, why it is important, and how it can be achieved.
  2. The scan tool will show attendees very quickly the violations on an entire application (or part of an application) which another well-used tool cannot do. The report can be attached to defects and provides enough information that assists in the research and remediation.
  3. Understanding accessibility testing is not the same as system/functional testing. The skills and tools needed for this type of specialized testing require knowledge that functional requirements don’t provide.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central