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Digital Graphicacy: Exploring Charts and Graphs with Haptics

Date & Time
Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 1:20 PM PST  
Orange County 1-2  
As digital tools and technology evolves, so does access to timely information. A growing concern is the accessibility of digital graphics, especially in education, for individuals with blindness and low vision. As education continues to shift further into the digital space, many students are struggling with learning how to parse and understand the rich, information-dense graphical landscape, such as charts and diagrams, when they are presented digitally. Touchscreens, which utilize haptic, audio, visual, and kinesthetic feedback, have great potential to help close the gap in accessible, digital graphics. The ability to render graphics with tones, description, vibration, and magnified visuals makes the touchscreen an incredibly inclusive and versatile tool to leverage in education. In our work, we have investigated the presentation of digital STEM graphics rendered in this multimodal way, highlighting the promise of haptic feedback as a means to facilitate and scaffold deeper understanding of charts and diagrams. In this session, we will review our research and findings, which have been used to create a set of design guidelines for generating basic elements of touchscreen-based multimodal graphics. We will then demonstrate how to render graphics using these guidelines. After demonstrating how the graphics were made and how they work, we will encourage the audience to explore the graphics, share their thoughts, and offer feedback for guiding future development.  
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Research & Development
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Touchscreens, capable of touch, sound, hand movement, and visuals, have great potential to help close the gap in accessible, digital, educational graphics. We will review our work and encourage the audience to explore our graphics and share thoughts.  
Primary Topic
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Product Demonstration
Session Type
General Track  


  • Nicholas Giudice
    VEMI Lab, University of Maine
  • Jennifer Tennison
    Saint Louis University
  • Derrick Smith
    University of Alabama in Huntsville

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