About AFB Talent Lab

The AFB Talent Lab is a premier resource for accessibility and usability solutions backed by over 20 years of experience in accessibility and digital inclusion consulting. We help organizations reach their accessibility goals while training the next generation of tech industry talent in inclusive design practices and usability testing methods.

Our two areas of focus are:

  • Clients: Providing high-impact consulting services through authentic testing and actionable feedback.
  • Learners: Training current students and adults with disabilities to be leaders in digital inclusion through collaborative internship and apprenticeship programs.

Our Unique, Agile Approach to Digital Inclusion

Our approach to accessibility consulting prioritizes the user experience, ensuring that consumers can use our clients’ products as easily as possible. We do this by conducting authentic product testing and providing actionable solutions and honest feedback that reduce risk and improve the overall user experience. Our consulting services are informed by WCAG guidelines but not limited by it.

Our team of accessibility experts, interns, and apprentices collaboratively serve our clients by:

  • Completing manual testing of critical workflows, which identifies issues negatively impacting the user experience.
  • Monitoring progress through scorecards from the user perspective and providing relevant training and resources for designers and developers.
  • Empowering professionals and program participants alike to consider accessibility early and often throughout the design and development process.
  • Establishing meaningful and achievable goals and timelines.

Working with AFB Talent Lab

The American Foundation for the Blind is constantly working to break down barriers and create a world of no limits for people with vision loss. At the AFB Talent Lab, we’re shaping a more inclusive world by training the next generation of tech industry professionals in digital accessibility, usability, and inclusive design.

As a result, our consulting services are conducted within a “teaching hospital” model, with Talent Lab interns and apprentices working alongside AFB’s accessibility experts on real-world client projects.

What does this mean for our clients?

Learn what it’s like to work with the AFB Talent Lab.

Our Services

Usability and Product Testing

Our practical and honest approach to digital accessibility tests and provides high-impact feedback on the most critical workflows impacting the user’s experience with your digital product(s). Delivery also includes a results walkthrough conference hosted by the lead accessibility engineer and other members of the Talent Lab team.

  • Review of websites and mobile applications, applying WCAG 2.1 A, AA, and AAA as appropriate,
  • A comprehensive methodology that includes manual testing with authentic users of assistive technology and some automated testing.
  • Comprehensive reports that promote accessibility and usability with prioritization and practical solutions for each found issue.

Strategic & Programmatic Needs

We take a comprehensive approach to focus on knowledge transfer and help you move beyond direct "issue identification" and toward supporting a healthy internal design and development process.

  • Training on Digital Accessibility—Includes intro-level through advanced/technical training and resources.
  • Drafting and reviews Including guidance for best practices, policies, and governance around accessibility and usability.
  • Roadmap Development Assisting in the planning and execution of a measurable approach to accessibility success.

What’s Next?

Become an AFB Talent Lab partner and let us help your organization achieve its accessibility goals!

How the AFB Talent Lab Works