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AQuA Accessibility Testing Criteria

AQuA - App Quality Alliance:  Accessibility Testing Criteria
United Kingdom
Accessible Service

Global Elevate Awards Acknowledgment 2016

Category: Assistive Technology,

Nomination Details

Organization name: AQuA - The App Quality Alliance

Launched Date: 2015-07-16

Who has created it: Martin Wrigley

Problem statement and how the Accessible Innovation solves the problem.

App developers are often unaware of the needs of 20% of the global population who live with a disability. The AQuA Accessibility Testing Criteria helps them assess their app and ensure that it works well with teh accessibility features of the handset and results in an accessible app.

The Testing Criteria provides a framework of tests that can be applied to any app to examine the app's features and function from the points of view of persons with limitations of vision, hearing, speech, dexterity or cognition.

Tell us who is the target audience and how the accessible innovation will benefit them. Please specify the different target audiences groups and provide numbers and statistics of your current clients as well as what is the potential number of people that the innovation can impact and empower:

The immediate audience is App developers. This set of testing Criteria allow them to assure that their app can then be targetted at a wider audience globally.

How is the accessible innovative solution different from current practices or ways of solving the problem?

There is nothing similar in the app development industry. This straightforward solution that is given to developers free (under a creative commons licence) has been developed by AQuA, a not-for-profit mobile app association focussing on app quality.

How is the accessible innovative solution new, different or unique in terms of the technology or implementation?

  • AQuA provide free guidelines and best practice advice to developers all over the globe.
  • AQuA members assist in providing expertese and guidance in AQuA's work.

How do you get the innovative solution to reach the target audience? Please elaborate on the your go to market strategy and which geographies do you currently work in and what are your future plans for marketing your innovation.

AQuA reaches developers all over the globe through trad shows, on-line events, on-line marketing. All of the AQuA resources are 'open source' and provided free to developers. Developers download AQuA documents from the web site over 500 times each month.

What is the potential impact of the innovative solution on the lives of the target audience? Please elaborate by providing statistics of the current impact and the potential impact.

An increase in the accessibility of apps, and for developers a wider addressible audience.

Stories of how the Innovation has touched lives.

.Example trade press coverage https://appdevelopermagazine.com/2987/2015/7/20/Android-App-Developers-Can-Improve-Accessibility-with-New-Testing-Criteria/

And interview on Assistive technology Update http://www.AssistiveTechnologyUpdate.com

Links to a few videos about the innovation: