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Top 10 Strategies for Universal Design of Slide Presentations

The first step to being inclusive is to recognize that people learn and access materials differently. Universal Design is the framework to reduce barriers and help maximize the learning of all.

Power Point slide presentations can increase learning comprehension and memory for many students, for some it can be a barrier to the information. Remember some students will only be listening to your slides. These tips will help you design accessible slide presentations so the information is accessible for all learners.

1. Use Design templates, avoid text and art boxes.

2. Use 32 point font or larger.

3. Use a Sans-Serf font, such as Arial, Tahoma, or comic sans.

4.  Avoid artwork or images that distract or flash; describe all images or photos and use alt tags (right click > Format > Alt tag)

5.  Ensure all slides have unique titles.

6. Provide audio of slides, read exactly what is on the slide.

7. Eliminate italicized words; use bold or underline for emphasis.

8.  Use high contrast colors, and add white space to dense text.

9.  Use 4 to 5 bullet points per page, about 7 words in each bullet.

10.  Use Accessibility Checker (File >Info >Check for Issues>Accessibility.)

 

Resources:

Microsoft: This link takes you to an article offering additional guidance on ways to make Microsoft PowerPoint presentations more accessible and more information on the Accessibility Checker.  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/creating-accessible-powerpoint-presentations-HA102013555.aspx

 

ACCESS: This link Colorado State University offers additional information about creating an accessible power point presentation, delivery, use in note taking and conversion tips. http://accessproject.colostate.edu/udl/modules/powerpoint/mod_ppt.php?display=pg_1

 

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