Making Presentations Accessible

So you got accepted to do a talk. As you prepare your slides, you'll want to be mindful of accessibility. We'll discuss some tips and tricks to make sure everyone is able to understand your session.

MidCamp has received helpful feedback on how to improve our slide templates to address accessibility. The specific feedback is:

A white/bright background challenges certain people with Dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, light sensitivity, etc.
The color combinations are targeting a very low contrast ratio (approx 5:1) that barely meets WCAG AA.
Background colors should be fairly muted (for better visual and cognitive perception) and not be bright or intense colors that compete with the text/content. The best option is for a solid color background and not have images however faint - for some, decorative backgrounds have visual appeal, but for others, it creates conflict with clearly seeing/comprehending the text.
Join us to collaborate on how to make a presentation template meet accessibility for all participants. We will be using this Google Doc for collaboration during the session.

Andrew Olson
Lead Front-End Developer @ Bounteous
Andrew has deep industry experience developing, deploying, and supporting media-rich, content-driven websites and web applications. His focus is front-end development and the challenge of making the web accessible for everyone on any device. He has a background building interfaces, web applications, and mobile sites that are created with the user experience in mind. Andy has designed and developed dozens of sites for companies specializing in sporting goods, health and wellness, restaurant food service, financial and market trading, Internet radio, and more. He is also a talented front end developer, graphic designer, team leader, photographer, musician, and speaker.

Andy is Acquia Certified for Front End Development for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 and is an approved Acquia Site Studio 6 Site Builder. Andy is the co-maintainer of the Live Captioning Initiative, an open-source project that helps hearing-impaired individuals participate at events online or in-person. He is also the co-maintainer of the Drupal Recipes project and the TB Mega Menu project. Andy has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.

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