Coffee & Viz: Insight Without Sight: Non-visual Access to Data Visualization

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Friday, January 24, 2020
9:30am to 10:30am

Add to Calendar 2020-01-24 09:30:00 2020-01-24 09:30:00 Teaching and Visualization Lab at the


Event Description

Data visualization is inherently visual. Does that mean people with visual impairments or blindness (VIB) are out of luck? Not anymore. Join Ed Summers, a blind Computer Scientist and Director of Accessibility at SAS, for a demonstration of new technology that enables students and professionals with VIB to independently explore data using sonification. Learn more about Ed Summers in this brief video.

Following this talk, the SAS accessibility team will lead a hands-on workshop that teaches participants how to create accessible data visualizations. Please see the workshop page for more information and to register.

*Complimentary coffee, tea and light refreshments from local business Anisette will be available beginning at 9:15 a.m. in an adjacent space. To help increase the sustainability of this program, please bring your own coffee mug.

Contact Information

Walt Gurley
(919) 515-8822

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

photo of Ed Summers of SAS