Published: Feb. 17, 2016

CU Boulder's Digital Accessibility Program, Office of Information Technology, is partnering with the Preferences for Global Access (PGA) project to support the development of a new accessibility tool, called the First Discovery Tool. The purpose of this freely available, open source tool is to help individuals discover preferences for how they would like to access and interact with online content. 

We are recruiting six to eight students to participate in usability testing.  Each will  receive a $75 gift certificate to the CU Bookstore.  This testing will be conducted in late March. The usability tests will focus on the tool's ability to help users discover and record their preference settings--such as language, font size, color contrast, video captions, and speech rate, among others.  Participants will work through the tool and answer questions about their experiences. The feedback gathered in the usability sessions will provide valuable information on further refinements to the First Discovery Tool.

If you are interested, contact Pramila Patel, ICT Accessibility Program Manager, at for more details.

The Preferences for Global Access (PGA) project is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. PGA is led by ISKME, and is being conducted in partnership with IBM, Inclusive Technologies, OCAD’s Inclusive Design Research Center, WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media, and Raising the Floor International.  For more information about the project itself, contact Cynthia Jimes at