Making PowerPoint decks more accessible

An essential component to maximizing remote participation by people with disabilities

Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC
7 min readMar 30, 2022

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Example powerpoint template displaying many slides starting with hello and ending with thank you

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Part two of a two-part article. Part one focuses on how to optimize the video conference experience for the event.

One of the lasting impacts of the pandemic is that business people are spending much more time on video conferences. Many of those meetings involve one or more PowerPoint-based presentations.

Do you know how to optimize your decks for the 20 % of your audience with a disability?

Following the steps in this article will help ensure that participants with disabilities will be able to equally consume your content.

Step 1: Run the PowerPoint accessibility checker

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Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC

LinkedIn Top Voice for Social Impact 2022. UX Collective Author of the Year 2020. Disability Inclusion SME. Sr Staff Accessibility Architect @ VMware.