Making Your Presentation Accessible

Brianna Blaser, DO-IT Staff
Kyle Rector works with a participant at a deaf coding workshop.
AccessComputing Partner Kyle Rector works with participant at an AccessComputing deaf coding workshop.

Advice includes the following:

  • Minimize the amount of text on slides to keep the focus on what you are saying. Pause to allow individuals a chance to read the slide and read it aloud so individuals who cannot see the presentation know what is on the slide.
  • Minimize the number of visuals on slides. Describe images, graphs, and charts for individuals who are visually impaired.
  • Use high contrast and take care with colors.
  • Avoid or control the speed of animations so they can be described fully.
  • Make sure that videos are captioned and audio described. Give a brief description of the video before it starts to help give context.
  • Make sure the Q&A period is accessible. If there is a microphone for audience members, be sure they use it. Repeat questions that are asked.

Check out Kyle’s video Making Presentations Accessible for more information.