Access Information for Presenters

It is APHA's desire to make all meetings accessible to the widest range of people possible. Please pay special attention to members of the audience with disabilities. Be aware that registrants with disabilities are to be given priority seating. Every session room will be set with cutouts for wheelchair users.

For information about accessibility services provided for registrants, visit the Accessibility page. If you are a presenter requiring specific accommodations please contact APHA directly via email by calling 202-777-2528.

Accessible PowerPoint

The APHA Disability Section suggests presenters follow the guidelines from WebAim, which include a link to download accessible PowerPoint templates.

Presentation Handouts

Handouts must be available in forms that are accessible for all participants. Copies should be uploaded to the online program for those who cannot read printed versions. It's helpful to bring a few large print handouts. These handouts should be printed in a minimum of 18-point font.

Reaching Participants with Vision Impairments

  • Describe slides briefly. Example: “This slide covers these three key points…” “This graph illustrates these key points.”
  • Avoid pointing to something on the slide and using words like “this, that, these, and those”, unless you indicate what “this” means. Example: "This map shows…" Not “This shows…” People who can’t see you pointing to a slide don’t know what “this” used alone means.

Reaching Participants with Hearing Impairments

  • Speak loudly, clearly and directly into the microphone at a moderate pace. This practice promotes understanding in the audience and allows sign language interpreters or CART transcribers time to translate what you are saying.
  • Look at your audience rather than the screen or your paper. Keep your hands away from your mouth so that people who speech read can understand you. Use active words and short  sentences. Words should reinforce visual material.
  • Always repeat all comments and questions into the microphone. 
  • Videos used in presentations should be captioned.
  • Ensure that only one person speaks at a time by asking members of the group to wait until they are acknowledged before commenting or asking questions.

Sign Language Interpreters

APHA provides accommodations for attendees who are hearing impaired. Find more information on requesting an interpreter. Presenters may find interpreters present at their session.

  • Before you begin speaking, make sure that interpreters have a copy of your presentation.
  • Do not walk in front of interpreters while they are signing.   
  • Let interpreters know if you are willing to be stopped during your presentation if they need clarification.   
  • When you address a person using an interpreter, speak directly to the person, not the interpreter.   
  • Spell unusual terms, names and foreign words.
  • When using visuals allow extra time for the audience to look at the items after you discuss them. People using interpreters cannot examine items when they are watching the interpreter.