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Surveys on Accessible Images

2012 May 25
by Amaya Webster

As you know, DIAGRAM recently conducted its own survey on reading technologies, looking broadly at what devices and software people with vision impairments are using to access content. Two additional surveys are now underway looking specifically at image accessibility:

  • One survey is from Sina Bahram and Rob St. Amant from North Carolina State University’s Department of Computer Science. It is designed to gauge the extent of use of flowcharts and similar diagrams by persons with vision impairment, and to find out how such diagrams can be made more accessible. The survey can be found at this link:
  • The other survey is from Kim Zebehazy, an assistant professor in the blindness and visual impairment program at the University of British Columbia. Questions in the survey are geared at collecting the experiences and opinions of students with visual impairments in using and understanding graphic materials in school. Students with visual impairments in grades 4-12 are eligible to participate in this online graphics survey. Students can be either tactile or visual graphics users. The survey will direct them to the appropriate questions. The survey can be found at this link:

DIAGRAM partners have been in touch with both survey organizers about sharing information. We encourage you to spread the word. The more data they can collect, the more we can all learn!

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