Accessible Poster Presentations

It is APHA's desire to make all meetings accessible to the widest range of people possible. Please pay special attention to members with disabilities. For inofmration about accessibility services visit the Access Page. If you are a presenter requiring specific accommodations, please contact APHA Staff (202-777-2528).

While at your poster sessions be sure to keep push pins off the floor as they can puncture wheelchair and scooter tires.

Attendees with Visual Impairment

APHA is encouraging poster presenters to adopt the new poster template created by Mike Morrison that uses less text and is easier to view for someone with visual impairments. Watch his video on how to create a better research poster, then download the Better Research Poster Template.

Offer to describe your poster to attendees with low vision and include a QR code on your poster for attendees to read later.

Font and Line Spacing

  • The ideal size for your main finding should be 150 point font but should be at least 72 point font.
  • All other text should be at least 36 point font.
  • Use sans serif fonts such as Helvetica, Arial, or Verdana.
  • Make sure font colors contrast with the background, such as black text on a white background or white text on a dark background.
  • Use between 1.2 and 2.0 line-spacing.

Images and Graphics

  • In the new poster template, graphs should be for only for you to use as talking points. Have your research and graphs available in a QR code for those with visual impairment to view at a later time. QR code should be at least 5”x5”
  • If an image is necessary, include a caption.
  • Do not place text over images.
  • Be sure that the resolution of the image is correct for large printing. As a general rule use 300 dots per inch, or dpi, when saving images. Avoid copying and pasting images from the web that are below 250Kb.