Accessibility: Spoken or Audio Presentations

Individuals who are blind, deaf, have low vision, or hard of hearing may be present in your audience. Follow the guidelines below to ensure everyone can follow your presentation.

  • If present, make sure that sign language interpreters have a copy of your presentation before you begin.
  • Presenters should describe slides and graphics briefly. For example: “This slide covers these three key points...” “This graph illustrates these key points.”
  • Avoid referring to items using words like “this, that, these, and those”, unless you indicate what “this” means. For example: “This map shows..., These results indicate...” rather than “This shows...” People who can’t see you pointing to a slide don’t know what “this” used alone means.
  • Presenters should speak directly into the microphone. Do not cover your mouth when speaking.
  • Presenters should speak clearly at a moderate pace. This practice promotes understanding in the audience and allows sign language interpreters or CART transcribers time to translate what you are saying.
  • If a presentation includes a video. that video MUST be captioned.