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December 10, 2020 · Workshop
Introduction to Accessible Data Visualization

This workshop will focus on developing strategies and skills for making data visualizations accessible. The skills taught here will be broadly applicable. The content is focused so that the takeaways can be applied to many different contexts where data visualizations are created, from tools like Excel or Tableau to coding environments like JavaScript, R, or Python.

December 10, 2020 · 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM CT

Workshop Takeaways

  • Learn a broad understanding of what data visualization is: how viz are designed, developed, and used.
  • Practice identifying the accessibility barriers of data visualizations found in the wild.
  • Learn how to design a data visualization from scratch.
  • Practice designing 3 accessible data visualizations based on message, task, and question-focused outcomes.


  • Standard: $149
  • Academic: $99
  • Group Pricing: $119 (Discounted tickets for groups of 5 or more)

Who should attend?

  • Anyone is encouraged to attend this introductory workshop. While data visualization is a relatively advanced topic, the materials are designed to give even beginners in data, design, and accessibility new skills they can take away and start using.


  • There are no hard pre-requisites, but having knowledge or experience related to data, design, or accessibility won’t hurt.

About the Instructor

Accessible Datavisualization Workshop Schedule · Thursday, December 10, 2020

Start time is at 9:30 AM CT, New York - 10:30 AM, San Francisco - 7:30 AM, London - 3:30 PM

  • 9:30–9:40 — Introductions & Overview
    • What is and is not covered in this workshop.
  • 9:40–10:20 — Part 1:
    • Learn: What is data visualization? What is it for? Why do we do it? Why is it important?
    • Exercise (facilitated practice): Community/group critique of visualizations found out in the wild (we will use Zoom’s chat)
  • 10:20–10:30 — 10 minute break
  • 10:30–11:45 — Part 2:
    • Learn: What are ways to approach disability and design? How can data visualization be done right, from the start? How can “tech debt” be minimized when making data visualization more accessible, late in the game?
    • Exercise (follow along or just observe): Facilitator will design a simple, static, pretty-accessible data visualization from scratch, with open Q/A and comments during the process.
  • 11:45–12:15 — 30 minute break
  • 12:15–1:15 — Part 3:
    • Learn: What are the most common design “failures” for data visualizations? What are industry standards for accessibility and how can they help the design process?
    • Exercise: Work through making one of 3 chart types accessible with input and guidance from the facilitator.
  • 1:15–1:30 — Q/A and Flex/Overflow Time

After Registration

Once registered, an order confirmation arrives in your email. A few moments later after you have registered, the person assigned the ticket receives an event details email that includes, among other things:

  • A calendar invite to add the event to your calendar
  • Shortly before the conference, a unique link to join the event on the day of the conference

Also, as the event draws near, ticket holders will receive email reminders, so they don’t miss a thing!

On the day of the online event, enjoy and learn! Don’t worry if you can’t make it at the scheduled time. In one to two weeks after the event, you will be notified that recordings have been posted so you can review and share with your team.

Have any questions?

Feel free to contact us if there’s anything else you’d like to know.