Accessible Presentations

Accessible Presentations


What It Is


Accessible presentations are created to reach the widest audience possible by minimizing barriers created by colors, fonts, images, and other presentation elements. 

Why It Matters


Accessible presentations ensure learners get the most out of lessons. When learners have equitable access, they perform better and have a reinforced sense of community in their classes. Preparing presentations with accessibility in mind also lowers the chances of needing to make last-minute adjustments due to accommodation requests.

Apply It 


Develop each presentation with inclusive design elements. Consider creating a template for presentations with accessibility as the goal. Be sure to check the presentation on the computer, screen, and speakers you will use for class to verify fonts, coloration, image clarity, and sound quality remain the same. 

1. Readability and Vision Considerations

2. Hearing Considerations

  • -Enable auto-captions on Zoom and PowerPoint, include transcripts if recorded
  • -Position slide information above where captions will show
  • -Try to control the background noise as much as possible 
  • -Ask participants with questions or comments to speak in turns and not over one another

3. Learning Considerations

  • -Provide material in a variety of ways for universal engagement (i.e., visual, text, auditory) 
  • -Keep slides concise
  • -Limit slide animations and gifs



Henry, S. H. (Ed.). (2022, August 31). How to make your presentations and meetings accessible to all. Web Accessibility Initiative.

Office of Integrity, Safety and Compliance. (n.d.). Understanding PowerPoint accessibility. University of Colorado Boulder.

 Recite Me. (n.d.). Choosing an accessible font


Cite This Resource

Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation. (2023, October). Accesible Presentations [Teaching resource].

 Updated 10/2023