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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
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