Google continues to seek people with disabilities for paid research studies over phone phone, in person, or online.
Here's a portion of a recent Email they sent out to CSUN attendees:
"As part of our efforts to make Google products more accessible, we conduct paid research sessions with users with all types of disabilities. We conduct studies both in-person at our offices in SF and NYC, as well as remotely via video or phone. Users who are selected for and complete our study sessions are generally compensated at $125 an hour, paid out in gift cards that are redeemable at a wide variety of retailers around the country."
Follow the link on this post to fill out the form to express your interest. This does not guarantee you a spot in any study, but will put your name in a pool for future research.
I have done testing for google twice, and the experience was very rewarding. Though the nature of what I tested is still under NDA, I can freely discuss the following. The engineers truly listened to my comments and understood what did and did and did not work in the interfaces I tested. Google was truly interested in access with NVDA, JAWS and voiceover, as well as access with both IE and Firefox to a variety of web elements and controls. I have also tested for Yahoo and ebay and had the same experience. Each time I tested for all these tech companies, I was video taped and I took advantage of it to talk freely about both what did and did not work with each thing I tested. Though undoubtedly these companies have managers less interested in accessibility, but, the people who run these tests are on our side, and we should all help out even when we don't get paid!
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.