Accessible Presentation Techniques

Below are some techniques to ensure your presentation is accessible to as many participants as possible. Using the concept of Universal Design, we have created a short list of items to consider as you are planning your presentation. View more information about Universal Design at the UA.

  1. Before Presentation: 
    • Consider physical layout of the room and ensure the space is accessible for wheelchair users and other accommodations.
    • If your presentation contains activities: think about accessibility of the activity. Would someone with low vision, limited mobility or hearing loss be able to participate? If your audience is unknown, plan ahead with contingencies.
  2. When presenting:
    • Don’t assume individuals can read what is presented on the slide. Describe charts/graphs or other graphics, and read content aloud if it’s not incorporated into your speech.
    •  Make sure your font is large enough and easy to read from the back of a room (Suggestion: 30-point font and use clear fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman).
    • Ensure you are using good color contrast for easy viewing.
    • Videos should have captions and captions should be turned on.
    • View additional information regarding accessible PowerPoint Design
  3. If you are providing handouts:
    • Have an accessible electronic version available. Review information about document accessibility
    • Have a few copies with at least 18-point font; use clear fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman.
    • Consider sending the presentation materials to attendees prior to meeting - make sure it's accessible.

Resources for accessible presentations:

How to Make Presentations Accessible to All

Make Your Presentations Accessible: Seven Easy Steps