Accessible Presentation Guidelines Highlights

This page outlines quick highlights for how to create an accessible presentation. Many of the points link back to the more extensive Virtual Presentation Accessibility Guidelines and In-Person Presentation Accessibility Guidelines for further instructions and guidance.

Preparing for your Session

  1. Create and upload your slides and other presentation material for your presentation by October 8, 2021. These materials will be available to all 2021 AAA Annual Meeting attendees as well as ASL interpreters and CART captioners so that the interpreters and captioners may prepare and more effectively communicate your work using ASL and CART.
    • Upload your resources directly into the Speaker Portal.
  2. Use high contrast slides with minimal additional decoration.
    • Example: White text on a very dark background (if not black) or black text on a very light background (if not white).
  3. Select videos that include accurate captions.
    • Find videos with Audio Description as possible, and when not possible, provide a brief visual description of the video prior to sharing.
  4. Write down visual descriptions in advance.
    • Of yourself.
    • Of all visuals in your slides that are relevant to your presentation content.
  5. Upload digital access copies to the event portal.

During your Session

  1. The chair or other lead participant completes an accessible introduction at the beginning of the event.
    • This includes a visual description.
  2. Individuals complete an accessible introduction when they first speak.
    • This includes a visual description.
  3. During discussion, announce your name before speaking.
  4. Read aloud questions from the chat and/or Q&A.
  5. When speaking, slow down!
  6. Explain jargon and acronyms.