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.