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Accessible Analytics for the 21st Century

Thursday, May 16 | 9 a.m. – Noon

In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the SAS accessibility team is hosting an interactive event that will help you find solutions to challenges at the intersection of data, analytics and accessibility.

Join us on Thursday, May 16, at the SAS Training Center in Arlington, VA, to discover how you can fully realize the value of your analytics investment by ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to those insights.

Democratizing Data

You need to share analytical insights within your organization, as well as externally with the public – and you want to use modern data visualization technology. But is it possible to create beautiful interactive charts, graphs and maps that are also accessible to people with a wide range of abilities – including visual impairments or blindness?

Or you may need to generate many customized PDF files that must conform with the Section 508 guidelines, but remediation of the files is time-consuming and expensive. Is there a way to accomplish your goal without costly remediation?

At SAS, we recognize that equal access to information and services is a human rights issue. There are an estimated 1 billion people – about 15 percent of the population – with disabilities. And we want to help you develop strategies that ensure technology, information and data visualizations are accessible to all.


Agenda

8 a.m.Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9 a.m.Opening Session

Ed Summers will define the challenges we face when we need to make analytics accessible to everyone and explore the emerging technologies that make it possible.
10:15 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.Second Session

Hear about two situations common to many organizations. Greg Kraus will demonstrate how to programmatically generate PDF reports that meet Section 508 guidelines. Then Jesse Sookne will show how to create beautiful, modern, interactive reports that are also accessible to people with a broad range of abilities.
NoonEvent Concludes

Featured Speakers

Ed Summers


Ed Summers
Director of Accessibility, SAS

Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has 25 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager. The SAS accessibility team enables people of all abilities to access the power of analytics. Summers’ personal mission is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. He fulfills that mission as a leader in the software industry and disability-related, nonprofit organizations. Summers also serves on the Duke Eye Center Advisory Board and is the chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education Advisory Council for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. Summers has a BS in computer science.

Greg Kraus


Greg Kraus
Senior Software Developer, SAS

As a member of the SAS Accessibility Team, Greg Kraus works on improving the accessibility of SAS products. He has been in the IT accessibility field for over 14 years, working as an IT accessibility consultant to companies of all sizes, as the coordinator of IT accessibility at NC State University, and running his own software development company specializing in accessible software.

Jesse Sookne


Jesse Sookne
Senior User Experience Designer, SAS

Jesse Sookne is a Senior User Experience Designer specializing in accessibility. He's part of the Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology team at SAS, working to ensure that people of all abilities can use and benefit from SAS software. Before working on accessibility, Sookne was a software quality engineer at SAS and other software companies.

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Questions?
Contact Emily.Papile@sas.com at 919-531-8061.

Notice Concerning Training, Education, Food, Refreshments or Other Gifts Provided by SAS
At this event SAS will provide you items that may be subject to gift rules applicable for your organization. We respect these rules and encourage you to clear your receipt of these items with your organization. If you prefer, you may pay fair market value and receive a receipt for the items at sas.com/paysas.


Location

SAS Training Center
1530 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 1000, 8th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209

Notice Concerning Training, Education, Food, Refreshments or Other Gifts Provided by SAS
At this event SAS will provide you items that may be subject to gift rules applicable for your organization. We respect these rules and encourage you to clear your receipt of these items with your organization. If you prefer, you may pay fair market value and receive a receipt for the items at sas.com/paysas.

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