Inclusive Strategies When Presenting Content

When developing and delivering content orally or in a presentation, it is important to think inclusively about the diverse people that will be in your audience.

  • If you show it, say it. Describe images and charts that you display in your presentation. Avoid pointing at things and saying ‘this’ or ‘that’ without a full description.
  • Be prepared to provide auditory information (instructions, discussion points, etc) in a written format if requested.
  • Ensure all pre-recorded video and audio media is accurately captioned prior to providing material to the class and always use captions.
  • When possible, provide accessible electronic format materials of your content ahead of time to your audience.
  • To assist with lip reading and facial cues, face the class or audience when speaking and avoid obscuring your lips or face when possible.
  • Use a lapel mic or microphone to amplify audio to the room when speaking.
  • Repeat class/audience contributions or questions prior to response.
  • Give adequate time for people to think and respond.
  • Think ahead. If you are planning small group discussions or activities, think about potential accessibility challenges.