Automated testing and evaluation tools are not sophisticated enough to tell you, on their own, if your site is accessible, or even compliant. You must always conduct manual testing to ensure full compliance with the Revised 508 Standards.
That said, automated testing tools can be helpful to identify issues that need further testing and remediation. The tools below are listed for reference, but should not be regarded as a recommendation.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tools
- DHS Section 508 Compliance Test Processes - Testing tools for software, web, mobile and documents
- DHS Trusted Tester Program (TT)
W3C Website Evaluation Tools
- Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List - Filter this list to find tools that match your particular needs
- Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools - Determine what kind of tool you need, and how each type of tool can assist you
Some agencies share automated testing results.
Get involved with the Section 508 community, to ask questions, share information, and learn. The community offers tools, training, guidance and best practices for 508 compliance.
- Email email@example.com with your request to join the 508 listserv
Assistive technology helps people with disabilities interact with and use technology.
- Apple VoiceOver - Built-in screen reader for Mac desktop and iPhone/iPod
- ChromeVox - Screen reader for Chrome and Chrome OS
- Google Talkback - Screen reader for Android
- JAWS (Job Access With Speech) - Screen reader for Windows; demo version available
- NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) - Free open source screen reader for Windows
- ZoomText - Screen magnifier for Windows; demo version available
Other useful tools for development and testing:
- ACTF aDesigner - Windows; disability simulator to help designers ensure that their content and applications are accessible and usable by the visually impaired
- Accessibility Developer Tools - Chrome
- Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar - Free Firefox add-on
- ARIA Validator - Chrome add-on; scans page for WAI-ARIA implementation issues
- Dragon - Speech recognition software for PC
- iOS Simulator - User guide
- Jim Thatcher Favelets - web checker software
- Juicy Studio - Free quality assurance tools and Firefox extensions
- Colour Contrast Analyser - Luminosity colour contrast ratio analyser
- Quail - Accessibility testing in the browser and on the server
- WAVE (Web Accessibility eValuation Tool) browser extensions - Chrome; Firefox
- Web Developer - Free Firefox developer tools
The tools above are listed as a reference only. You may find other helpful tools that are not listed here. Try several to find the ones that work best for you, since it often takes several tools just to verify one issue.
Please email us at Section.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Page Reviewed/Updated: November 2017