Slide Design

Inclusive Design Webinar Series Part 2: Presentations. This webinar on inclusive presentation provides more detailed information about the design of your slides and presentation.


Slide Titles

  • Put your slide title in the heading placeholder on your slide, not in a textbox or a general text placeholder.
  • Every slide in your presentation should have a unique title that describes what is on the slide.
  • These steps help people find content quickly and individuals using screen readers navigate through a presentation easily.
  • For more, view 7:00-8:00 in the Inclusive Design Webinar Series video.

Slide Layout

  • Slide layouts use placeholders for different content types (headings, images, and text). This supports people using screen readers and ensures slide content is read in the correct order.
  • Avoid using text boxes, as they are not accessible for people using screen readers.
  • If in PowerPoint, use the Slide Master to customize the slide layout.
  • For more, view 5:00-7:00 in the Inclusive Design Webinar Series video.


  • Use large (at least 24 point), simple, sans serif fonts (e.g., Arial, Verdana, Helvetica), which can be easily read by most individuals from the back of a large room.


  • Use high-contrast colours that have a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1. Use a contrast checker to see if the colours meet the minimum contrast ratio.
  • Information should not be conveyed by colour alone. For example, avoid saying “the red bar shows sales have increased.” Instead, refer to where the information is located: “the far left bar shows sales have increased.”
  • Excerpt from the BCcampus Accessibility Toolkit: Colour Contrast





Sharing Your Presentation

  • Upload your presentation to the event platform one week before your presentation.
  • If possible, upload multiple formats of your presentation (PowerPoint, an HTML file with speaking notes, or a PDF).
  • You can share your Google Slides presentation in HTML view using the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P (Windows or Chrome OS) or ⌘ + Option + Shift + P (Mac). This is helpful for people using screen readers.


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