Jyväskylä, Finland

Accessible Visualizations: Conveying Information Across Sensory Modalities

blended course
when 15 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC

A key aspect of digital accessibility is ensuring that information can be perceived and understood irrespective of the cognitive and sensory capabilities of the individual, for example persons with visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. The principles of accessible design also have relevance for information presentation where environmental or situational factors limit usefulness of what might seem preferred modalities. By understanding the foundational concepts of our sensory/perceptual systems, and the requirements of accessible design, we will explore how information can be adapted and transformed to suit a variety of individual needs. Modalities examined will include speech and non-speech audio, tactile displays, haptics, and visual adaptation.

Course leader

Markku T. Häkkinen, PhD & Helen T. Sullivan, PhD
Course coordinator: Tuomo Kujala, PhD

Target group

Prerequisites: The course KOGS5750 Emerging Technologies and Standards for Inclusive and Accessible Design and/or the course KOGS581 Accessible and Inclusive Design of ICT offered at JYU.

Course aim

Through a combination of lecture and laboratory projects, students will uncover the foundational principles of designing alternative representations for traditionally visual or auditory information. These principles will be aligned with requirements defined by EU and international Accessibility Standards. Students will also understand how attention to accessible design of information can be of broader benefit to users in a variety of contexts.

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation in the Summer School courses is free of charge, but students are responsible for covering their own meals, accommodation and travel costs as well as possible visa costs.


Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant Summer School students financial support.