Overview of accessibility in Power BI

When working with Power BI, it’s important to consider the different types of users who may be interacting with your reports. Creating and presenting reports that are easily navigated and understood by keyboard or screen reader users enables users, who may have visual or physical impairments, to receive the same information.

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This article provides an overview of Power BI and accessibility. Additional articles provide guidance, and tools, that can help you create great reports with accessibility in mind.

Universal design

Universal design is the design of products that are usable by as many people as reasonable possible, without the need for special adaptation or specialized design. When creating reports or experiences in Power BI, it’s important to consider the needs of your users. Designing an accessible experience will not only benefit your end users who may have hearing, motor, cognitive, or visual impairments. It can help all the end users in your organization. Power BI gives you the tools to make and consume accessible reports. It’s up to you, as a report creator, to use those tools to improve everyone’s experience.

Accessibility standards

Power BI is committed to the following accessibility standards. This helps ensure that your Power BI experiences are accessible to as many people as possible. Power BI Mobile apps are certified for accessibility grade-c, which means that when you build accessible reports or dashboards, they will also be accessible for anyone who views them using Power BI Mobile.

WCAG 2.1

Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) helps make web content accessible to people with disabilities. There are three primary principles of WCAG:

  1. Perceivable - Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  2. Operable - User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  3. Understandable - Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.

US Section 508

US Section 508 is a standard that requires governments and federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

EN 301 549

EN 301 549 is the Harmonized European Standard for Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services.

Next steps

The collection of articles for Power BI accessibility are the following: