Preparing Your Presentation

Building accessibility into your presentation [pdf]

Tips for preparing a script, designing your audio/visual elements, and interacting with sign interpreters or CART (computer-aided real-time transcription) transcriptionists. (By Tara Wood)

Assessing the presentation space [Video]

Some thoughts on what to look for, and what to avoid, when presenting in different kinds of spaces. (By Stephanie Kerschbaum)

Designing handouts [PDF]

Handouts can work like business cards, but with a much greater likelihood of being remembered and used, since they contain information about your work, rather than just your name and contact information. Nicole E. Green’s handout for “Heard Any Good Books Lately? Implications for Reseeing the Sounds of Literacy” offers a visual capture of an ad she analyzed, a list of key terms, and another page of key questions, selected references, and even a resource list. This PDF is accessible to screen readers. (By Nicole E. Green)

Why share conference papers online? [Video]


This nearly eight-minute long multivocal video makes several arguments in support of sharing conference presentations and materials electronically. A descriptive transcript of the video is available here. (By Jay Dolmage; video editing by Jay Dolmage and Melanie Yergeau)

On the benefits of providing scripts [Video]

In this video, I offer four reasons why it’s valuable to bring a script of your presentation to share:  (1) even if you are revising until the last minute, an imperfect script goes a long way; (2) interpreters and real-time captioners don’t have to try and translate rapidly-spoken academic discourse; (3) lots of people process better when reading than when listening; and (4) none of the other materials typically provided during a presentation offer enough access to what is spoken during the talk. (By Stephanie Kerschbaum)