As a tool for sequencing information and illustrating the key points of a lecture, PowerPoint has become nearly ubiquitous in higher education. But for students and audience members with disabilities—especially those with blindness or vision impairments, or individuals with cognitive disability (learning disability, traumatic brain injury, etc.)—PowerPoint can present several barriers that educators need to keep in mind when creating presentations.
A universally designed PowerPoint presentation takes into account the various needs of your audience members, whether they are viewing the presentation on a laptop, a projector screen or a printed handout, or listening to it with text-to-speech software or a screen reader. The following pointers will help you create presentations that a beneficial to everyone.