Web accessibility experts often say something like, “Screen reader users prefer…” followed by some accessibility recommendation. However, many of these recommendations are based on personal preference or conjecture – often from sighted users who only test with screen readers. The fact is that there is little data about screen reader usage to back up these recommendations.
In an attempt to address this problem, WebAIM is conducting a survey for screen reader users. If you are a full-time, part-time, or even occasional screen reader user, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with a few details on your screen reader usage and preferences. Your feedback will help influence the accessibility techniques that web developers implement.
We will be comparing results between those that rely on screen readers and those that primarily use them for evaluation and testing, so all screen reader users are invited to respond.
The results of the survey will be made public in a few months. We believe the results will be very useful to those who are developing accessible web content.
We are relying on all of you to help us spread the word. Please post to lists, blogs, etc. where screen reader users might participate. The survey is will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
Access the survey at http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey/