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PowerPoint Presentations and Dyslexia

Keri Buckland, BrightCarbon

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Overview

You work hard to produce presentations that are meaningful, informative and entertaining. Don’t you want to make sure that everyone in your audience can access and understand your content?

10-15% of the U.S. population has some degree of dyslexia. These individuals may have challenges with activities involving reading, spelling and processing verbal and written information. Presentations that are text-heavy aren’t just boring for your audience, they can actually keep people from benefiting from the message you have worked so hard to communicate.

In the article PowerPoint Presentations and Dyslexia, author Keri Buckland provides tips on how to make your PowerPoint presentations accessible to the widest audience. In avoiding common presentation mistakes such as big blocks of text, poor layout and difficult fonts, you will create a presentation that is accessible to a wider audience and better for everyone.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn tips such as:

  • Avoiding big blocks of text
  • Choosing the best layout
  • Selecting fonts, including color and sizes
  • Background colors that are easy on your audience’s eyes
  • Creating headings that are easy to read

Reflection

Think about the last PowerPoint presentation you created. What could you change in your presentation to make your information more accessible for dyslexic audience members?

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