Use the Title area of each slide to indicate the main idea of each slide.
In terms of font accessibility, there are a number of principles to keep in mind:
Avoid blinking or moving text.
The use of color can enhance comprehension, but do not use color alone to convey information. That information may not be available to a person who is colorblind and will be unavailable to screen reader users.
You will need to add alternative text for all of your images. To provide alternative text,on the image, then select
Data displayed in tables can be problematic for screen readers. We recommend that the data read from left to right as much as possible.
If you create complex slides, with embedded charts, tables, multimedia or other elements, the conversion process will probably not create a file that is completely accessible to screen readers. The embedded elements will likely be ignored by the screen reader because they are unreadable. In these instances, you should provide a text description of the elements within the context of the document itself.
Once you have included structure in your PPT and have made accommodations for font, color, images, videos, and tables, you can save your PPT and upload it to BeachBoard.
Most students with disabilities will probably be able to access the original PowerPoint, assuming they have the correct program or plug-in and if the steps above are followed. Those who are deaf will be able to access the slides without any problems, unless there is embedded multimedia. In such cases, captions and/or transcripts will be necessary. Those with motor disabilities will have no special difficulties. Even those who cannot use a mouse will be fine, since the slides are keyboard-accessible. Those with cognitive disabilities will not have any particular difficulties, at least not with an engaging, clear PowerPoint presentation.
We recommend LecShare Pro software to assist with verifying that a PPT has the needed structure to make it accessible to students. It is a free product which is available to all instructor and staff. Contact ITSS for download instructions.
If you have any questions or would like assistance, please contact ITSS.
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