Why fair pay for testers matters

When the project budget gets tight, and stress gets high, the temptation to cut costs and corners creeps in. We’ve all been there. Unfortunately, an area frequently cut is accessibility testing. You know someone, who knows someone who is blind, why not just ask them to test your website as a volunteer? Or maybe you could find a disabled person in one of your social networks who wouldn’t mind spending a few hours, for free. After all, by helping you improve the accessibility of your product, they’re really just helping themselves, right? 

This attitude is not helpful, in fact, it’s harmful. Not only to individuals, but to the disability community as a whole. Fair pay for testers matters, for many reasons. If you’re considering seeking out volunteer accessibility testers, hopefully the reasons below will help you reconsider. 

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Samuel Proulx, Community Manager at Fable

“When you pay a disabled person, it’s not just about the compensation (although that is also extremely important); employment is tightly coupled with a person’s self-worth and dignity.”