Inclusive Presentations – Reaching your Entire Audience

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Presented at 4:00pm in Virtual B on Thursday, November 12, 2020.



  • Becky Gibson, Sr. Accessibility Strategist, Knowbility

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


When speaking, remember that your audience members may have a situational or permanent disability that prevents them from seeing or hearing your slides. You need to provide the information in more than one context to accommodate all attendees. This presentation will review the basic principles of presenting to your entire audience.


Consider when you are at a presentation and can’t see the stage and the slides. Perhaps your eyeglasses broke that morning. Or, your seat is behind a column. How do you feel when the presenter refers to a chart and says, “as you can see, the sales trend for widgets increased over this time period.” You will have no idea of the impact of that increase. Was it a huge gain? What was the time frame – 1 month, 1 year, 10 years? Those details matter. This is what someone who is blind or has low vision may encounter at many presentations. Other complications could be that the volume is too low, or the listener is Deaf or hard of hearing. They will miss the intent and impact of the video that was shown with no captions. People with disabilities regularly encounter these problems when attending presentations. Come learn to present your materials in different modalities so the entire audience is included and understands your message. You’ll never give or view a presentation the same again.


  1. Learn the consequences of poor presentation style through example
  2. Understand why captioning and audio description matters
  3. Consider learning styles in your presentation and materials

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Becky Gibson

Becky Gibson is a recognized expert in the field of digital inclusion and enabling accessible solutions. Her extensive career as a Software Engineer and Accessibility Architect at IBM impacted products, customer strategy, and industry standards. She is passionate about making Web and mobile applications usable for people of all abilities.

She participated in the creation of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) and helped to develop and demonstrate the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specification. Becky shares her accessibility experience training and working with clients and as an invited speaker at conferences. She is thrilled to be working at Knowbility as a Sr. Accessibility Strategist evangelizing accessibility.