Why Accessibility Is at the Heart of Data Visualization

To make data viz more accessible, we first need to understand assistive technology

Doug Schepers
May 21, 2020 · 8 min read

When I tell people I make data visualizations for blind people, the response is almost inevitably a quick pause while the gears of their mind start spinning wildly, then “How does that work?”

I’m not going to tell you how I do it. (At least, not in this article.) But I will tell you how I think about it, and suggest how you can too. Many people love data visualization because…