Accessibility in Design: A Practical Guide to Visual Accessibility

Presented by Samuel Proulx. Moderated by Magued Hanna RGD.



“Just add alt-text” is the sum total of the advice many designers get when it comes to making graphics and other visual elements accessible. In this presentation, we’ll go beyond that, and take a deep dive into making your visual designs accessible to everyone. What should the alt-text actually say? How should it be written? When should it be left out entirely? When is alt-text not good enough, and other techniques should be used instead? This presentation will cover all of these questions, as well as introduce designers to other ways to make visual material more accessible. These techniques include data sonification, alternative formats and representations, accessible charts, long descriptions and other ways to make your infographics, word clouds and other interactive and complex visuals work for everyone.


About Samuel Proulx

Samuel is the Accessibility Evangelist at Fable, a leading accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities. As a blind individual, Sam knows and values the importance of accessibility in all aspects of life and is a strong advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital world. Sam brings his previous experience as Fable’s community manager, plus life-long advocacy for himself and others, to his role as Evangelist.


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