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Accessible Analytics Using SAS

Proposal No: 2679

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  • Ed Summers, Senior Manager, Accessibility , SAS

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

This presentation will demonstrate recent accessibility improvements in the products that students and researchers use to analyze data: SAS® OnDemand for Academics, SAS® Visual Analytics, and SAS® Mobile BI for iPad.


Over the last few years, SAS has made steady progress towards enabling users of all abilities to access the power of analytics. This presentation will demonstrate accessibility improvements in the products that are commonly used in higher education. SAS® OnDemand for Academics is a suite of applications that provide a no-cost online delivery model for students to learn analytics. The suite includes SAS Enterprise Guide, which is the primary interface to the SAS programming language. SAS® Visual Analytics combines an easy-to-use, dynamic interface with powerful in-memory technology to enable users to explore data, execute analytic correlations on any size of data within minutes or seconds, understand what the data means, and deliver the results quickly wherever needed via Web reports and mobile devices. SAS® Mobile BI is a critical component of the SAS Visual Analytics solution that allows users to access reports and timely information on their mobile devices.


  1. Attendees will learn about SAS products that are available for use at no cost in higher education.
  2. Attendees will learn about recent accessibility improvements in SAS products.
  3. Attendees will learn about recent advances towards accessible data visualization for blind users.

Speaker Bio(s)

Ed Summers

Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 20 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager. Ed’s 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 not-for-profit organizations. Ed leads the accessibility team at SAS, the market leader in business analytics software and services that is used at more than 70,000 sites around the world. The SAS accessibility team enables users of all abilities to access the power of analytics.