Creating Accessible In-Person Presentations

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Accessible Presentations Guidelines

One of DLF’s strengths is that its membership & Forums are inclusive sites for exchange. Our members participate in a variety of cultural and disciplinary communities and bring with them to the Forum many different professional and personal experiences and learning styles. To help you effectively engage with this diverse and dynamic community, we offer these practical recommendations for creating accessible online presentations.

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Delivering Presentations

Language and Respect

Presenter Audio and Video

Best Practices for Shared Spaces

Facilitating Discussion

Designing Presentations Materials

Design your content for an in-person event

  • Design Your Content to Be Interpreted by Assistive Technology ===
  • Make Text Easy to See
  • Optimize Content for Assistive Technology
  • Perform an Accessibility Check
  • Additional Resources
  • Broad frameworks for creating accessible presentations

Guidance specific to presentation software


This guide was originally created in October 2016 by a subgroup of the 2016 DLF Forum Inclusivity Committee. We thank Eleanor Dickson, Chelcie Juliet Rowell, and Yasmeen L. Shorish for their extensive work and dedication to accessibility.

We are especially indebted to Whitney Quesenbery’s Make Your Presentations Accessible: Seven Easy Steps and the Accessibility at the 2016 American Society for Theatre Research & Theatre Library Association Conference guide. The clarity and comprehensiveness of these recommendations were strengthened by the input of Bethany Nowviskie and members of the broader Inclusivity Committee.

This guide was updated in 2020 by a different group of DLF members (Debbie Krahmer, Lydia Tang, Sarah Goldstein, Stephanie Rosen, Alex Wermer-Colan, and Amy Vecchione), and again in 2021 by Debbie Krahmer and Carrie Pirmann. Special thanks to Stephanie Rosen for further guidance through the Accessible Meetings & Presentations documentation. (insert info about this update)

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