Interdependent Variables: Remotely Designing Tactile Graphics for an Accessible Workflow
AuthorsLilian de Greef, Dominik Moritz, Cynthia Bennett
In this experience report, we offer a case study of blind and sighted colleagues creating an accessible workflow to collaborate on a data visualization-focused project. We outline our process for making the project’s shared data representations accessible through incorporating both handmade and machine-embossed tactile graphics. We also share lessons and strategies for considering team needs and addressing contextual constraints like remote collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic. More broadly, this report contributes to ongoing research into the ways accessibility is interdependent by arguing that access work must be a collective responsibility and properly supported with recognition, resources, and infrastructure.
Apple sponsored the twenty-third International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS). ASSETS is a forum for presenting research on the design, evaluation, use, and education related to computing for people with disabilities and older adults. This took place virtually on October 18, 19, 20 and 22.