Describing Graphs for Accessibility

Below is an example of a graph that might be used in a college course. You will notice that the description of the graph is provided as a part of the text of the page. The alt text reads: A bar graph showing the percentage of college freshmen reporting various disabilities, full description below. This lets the student know what the image is and where to find the full description.


Percentage of Full-Time College Freshmen
Reporting Disabilities: 1998



A bar graph showing the percentage of college freshmen reporting various disabilities

In a 1998 study of freshmen students with disabilities, the disabilities reported by the largest number of students were learning disabilitiesóreported by 40% of the students who participated. The other disabilities represented in the study were speech-related disabilities, 5%; orthopedic disabilities, 8%; health-related disabilities, 19%; partially sighted or blind, 13%; hearing disabilities, 11%; and in the category of "other," 21%.

The above graph was adapted with permission from College Freshmen with Disabilities: A Biennial Statistical Profile (1999), HEATH Resource Center, American Council on Education.

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