This guide has been adapted from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities‘ “Presenter Guidelines: Accessibility & Inclusion” document.
The Indiana Conference on Disability strives to be an inclusive event where all attendees are provided an opportunity for meaningful and full participation. To this end, there are some basic goals of presentation accessibility that should be applied. GCPD requests that ALL conference presenters, regardless of the format of their presentation, follow, at a minimum, the below guidelines for the creation, posting, and on-site presentation of content for the conference. We ask that you consider the following as you think about how your presentation would be accessed by everyone and allow for full participation and inclusion before, during, and after the conference.
GCPD requires that all presenters use respectful language at all times during their presentation. Before preparing your presentation, please take a minute to read more about person-first language and identity-first language.
Disability is a natural part of the human experience, an aspect of human diversity like other areas of human variation, and most people do not like to be labeled. Therefore it is preferable to use people-first language. People-first language places the emphasis on the person instead of on the disability when discussing most intellectual and developmental disabilities. For example, instead of saying “Down syndrome person,” it is preferable to say, “person with Down syndrome.”
Some disability self-advocates prefer identity-first language. Identity-first language emphasizes that the disability plays a role in who the person is, and reinforces disability as a positive cultural identifier. Identity-first language is generally preferred by self-advocates in the autistic, deaf, and blind communities. It is important to note that whether a person with a disability prefers people-first or identity-first language is not universal.
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.
Individuals who are blind or have low vision may not be able to read standard sized print on your handouts. Be sure to bring appropriate numbers of your handouts in one or more of the following formats to ensure full participation in your session. Anyone presenting who does not have appropriately accessible handout formats available will be asked not to reference the materials in their presentation.
PowerPoint presentations are commonly used among session presenters as an effective way to display ideas and data. Because PowerPoint is a visual media, presenters should be sure to make presentations accessible to all audience members. For more information on creating accessible PowerPoint presentations, including an accessible template, download this PowerPoint presentation from the American Public Health Association’s Disability Forum Accessibility Committee. [Powerpoint, 84KB]
Effective Communication requires the speaker to keep the following in mind: (Adapted from Clear Communication for Successful Presentations)