Creating Accessible Presentations: Images, Graphics, and Videos

March 30, 2023

Megan Sellmer, Melody Shih, and Tobe Duggan

Land Acknowledgment

“Our presenters today come from across this land, living and working in what we now know as Canada. We respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples and will continue to honour the commitments to self-determination and sovereignty we have made to Indigenous Nations and Peoples. We respectfully ask for you all to take a moment to acknowledge the lands on which you reside.”

General Considerations when Using Media in Presentations

Images, Charts, and Tables

This section discusses the importance of describing images, charts, and tables.

Describing Images, Charts, Graphs, Maps, and Tables

Why Add Alternative Text

Creating Alternative Text

Creating Alternative Text: Inclusive Descriptions

PowerPoint: Describing Images, Charts, Graphs, Maps, and Tables

Google Slides: Describing Images, Charts, Graphs, Maps, and Tables

Keynote: Describing Images

Describing Complex Images

What are Long Descriptions

Creating Long Descriptions

Captions, Audio Descriptions, and Transcripts

This section discusses how to make audio-visual materials accessible.


Creating/Adding Subtitles in YouTube

Audio Descriptions

Creating Audio Descriptions

How to Add Audio Descriptions



Thank You!


WAI Making Events Accessible: Checklist for meetings, conferences, training, and presentations that are remote/virtual, in-person, or hybrid.


WebAim Accessible PowerPoint Presentation


Microsoft: Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible to people with disabilities.


Create accessible documents, spreadsheets, or presentations with Pages, Numbers, or Keynote.


Google Docs: Make your document or presentation more accessible.


Presenter Toolkit by Rebecca Shortt.


Virtual Presentation Accessibility Guidelines by the America Anthropological Association.  


Guide to Image Descriptions by Accessible Publishing