Accessible Presentations

Accessible Presentations

Whether presenting in a classroom setting or at a conference, there will be members of your audience who will benefit from a mindfully prepared presentation. Preparing your presentation and content to be accessible to the widest range of audience members will benefit everyone. It is also important to understand the venue where you will be speaking and the make-up of your audience.

Most importantly - USE THE MICROPHONE if one is present. The microphone is tied to the assistive listening system and must be used for the system to work correctly. This allows those with hearing loss to participate in the presentation.

Simple steps for your class/event:

  • Use the microphone!
  • Provide materials before you speak.
  • Use the built-in accessibility tools of your software/tool when building your presentation and associated materials.
  • Keep your projected information simple, uncluttered, with limited text.
  • Describe any projected pictures, graphics, charts, or diagrams to your audience.
  • Don't turn your back to your audience. Seeing your facial expressions helps to understand context and provides the opportunity for some in your audience to read your lips.
  • Make sure your audience has had the chance to ask for accommodations at least seven days prior to your presentation and that you are aware of any accommodations that are needed. In the classroom, SDAC will provide you with this information.
  • If you are working with a sign language interpreter or live captioner, make sure to speak clearly with a strong voice and provide pauses so the interpreter and/or captioner can catch up. Providing a text of your presentation to these folks beforehand is extremely helpful.

Below are a number of additional resources that will help in creating a more inclusive presentation:

Tips for Presenters

Creating Accessible PowerPoint Slides

Creating Accessible Keynote and Google Slides