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Make yourself familiar with different problems people face when interacting online.

Using simulation software

Before you begin using it, it's important to remember that simulation software:

But used correctly, simulation software can be very helpful by raising awareness.

This is because it allows people to experience some of the every-day challenges faced by people with disability.

Simulators we use include:

NoCoffee Vision Simulator is a free Google Chrome extension.

It can be helpful for understanding the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems, such as:

  • colourblindness
  • low contrast sensitivity
  • visual snow, glare, ghosting and cataracts
  • rapid, involuntary, oscillatory movement of the eyes
  • obstructed central vision (glaucoma)

Install and manage extensions - Chrome Web Store Help

Metamatrix Web Disability Simulator is a free Google Chrome extension.

It allows you to simulate:

  • dyslexia
  • Parkinsons
  • color blindness
  • issues with concentration
  • low vision

Install and manage extensions - Chrome Web Store Help

Using a screen reader

Make sure you can land on controls and that they’re announcing things as they should.

Next page: User research

Last update: 27 December 2019, minor edits.