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Accessibility is Critical to Data Visualization

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Accessibility is Critical to Data Visualization


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Charts and graphs tracking covid worldwide alongside maps and data-driven articles on the 2020 US presidential election set a precedent for data visualization as a staple in everyday life like never before. But most visualizations are not accessible. In the United States alone, as many as 26% of adults report some kind of disability. Nearly 13% of adults report having trouble seeing, even with correction. If data visualization is so important, what can be done to include everyone?

This talk will outline a practical approach for evaluating the accessibility of a data visualization's design as well as give a framework for approaching viz design that is more inclusive for users with a wide array of disabilities. Attendees will get to take away a workbook they can leverage to audit their own work, as well as an understanding for the vast ways in which data visualization can be improved to be more accessible.

Frank Elavsky is a Staff Data Visualization Design Systems Engineer on the Data Visualization team at Visa Inc. He has a passion for accessible, data-driven experiences that push the limits of what is possible in this space.

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