21NTC Session
Digital Inclusion

Workshop: Designing Accessible Data Visualizations – 10 Quick Wins


Accessibility doesn’t need to take all day. And accessibility shouldn’t just be a box-checking exercise to satisfy paperwork requirements.

You’ll learn 10 quick wins for designing accessible data visualizations. These small edits can have a big impact for our coworkers, board members, and funders who have color vision deficiencies, hearing loss, or learning disabilities–and for all of us who are pressed for time.

For example, you’ll learn how to choose graph colors that are legible for people with color vision deficiencies (1 in 12 men that we work with). You’ll also learn why we’ve got to start removing legends (and what to do instead) and which software settings to avoid because they aren’t accessible.

After we cover these 10 quick wins, we’ll practice revamping a graph together. You’re welcome to submit your graphs or dashboards ahead of time for inclusion in the session! Just get in touch with the presenter.

Session Type

60 minute workshop

Learning Outcomes

  • Name the top 10 ways for increasing accessibility in data visualization.
  • Test their own graphs with free tools.
  • Critique a nonprofit “before” graph and transform it into an “after” graph.

Target Audience

Data, development, and marketing roles. Staff designing graphs that get shared internally (e.g., board meetings) or externally (e.g., annual reports).


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Ann Emery

Data Visualization Designer

Depict Data Studio

Ann K. Emery is a internationally-acclaimed speaker who equips organizations to get their data out of dusty spreadsheets and into real-world conversations.

Each year, she delivers over 100 keynotes, workshops, and webinars with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively.

She has been invited to speak in more than 30 states and 10 countries; more than 3,700 people have enrolled in her online training academy; and she has consulted to more than 150 organizations, including the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and Harvard University.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University.

Ann resides in Florida along with her husband and two daughters.



March 23, 2021


1:00pm – 2:00pm