Accessible PowerPoint

Presentations are an important part of any classroom environment. As such it is important that all students have access to information that is presented. Unlike some other materials, instructors creating PowerPoints or other presentations must worry about making sure the physical presentation is accessible as well as the document itself. Fortunately, PowerPoint has built in good accessibility features, making it relatively simple to create accessible documents.

Major Points To Keep In Mind

  1. Use simple style layouts and transitions
  2. Ensure font sizes are appropriate
  3. Text is formatted appropriately with titles, headings, and other styles
  4. Use the list and bullet features to organize content
  5. Add alternative text to images, graphs, and figures
  6. Add column header rows in tables and avoid blank characters
  7. Ensure hyperlink text is descriptive
  8. Provide transcript or caption for embedded audio and video
  9. Use the built in accessibility checker

Other Points To Keep In Mind

  1. Provide a table of contents for longer documents
  2. Be sure to use clear and non-repetitive language
  3. Ensure reading order is correct
  4. Ensure color contrast is appropriate
  5. Avoid using color as the only way to convey meaning
  6. Avoid using watermarks and automatic transitions

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