Accessible Data Visualizations

A high-level overview of accessible alternatives to very complex graphics

Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC
VMware Accessibility
7 min readSep 1, 2022

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CDC chart representing COVID deaths during 2022 through August 15th, 2022
from: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#additional-covid-data

TL; DR

  1. Just because something is complicated and intensely visual doesn’t mean it can’t be made accessible.
  2. Everything has to be accessible; however, accessible doesn’t mean identical, it means equivalent. The ADA didn’t make stairs…

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Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC
VMware Accessibility

LinkedIn Top Voice for Social Impact 2022. UX Collective Author of the Year 2020. Disability Inclusion SME. Sr Staff Accessibility Architect @ VMware.