Using technology to improve confidence and accessibility in presentations in a remote and in-person setting

Scheduled at 9:15am in Plaza Court 2 on Wednesday, November 17.



  • Amer Latif, Vice President of Sales, Present Pal
  • Jordan Colbert, , Yale University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


95% of students experience presentation anxiety, and the existing ways students prepare for and deliver presentation tasks is not fully accessible.

This session will explore the accessibility challenges related to in-person and remote presentations and how implementing technology solutions like Present Pal help make presentations more accessible.


Jordan Colbert and Amer Latif are joining forces to discuss how we can use technology to make presentations more accessible in higher education in both virtual and in-person learning environments.

How do we support all learners to make presentations more accessible? The existing ways students prepare for presentations are not accessible, e.g. written flashcards and scripts with black text on white paper can be difficult to read and create visual stress.

In this session you will learn how to use the Present Pal app to support and improve accessibility for presentations online and offline.

Readability, lack of customization and tech integrations create barriers for students during presentations. We will discuss how Present Pal can support presenters with these challenges and dive deeper into the specific accessibility features within the app. By providing a technology that meets the needs of students, we can begin to level the playing field and make presentations more accessible.


  1. Understand and identify presentation challenges for students in higher education both remotely and in-person
  2. Bring awareness to the importance of making presentations accessible for all learners through AT
  3. Explore the Present Pal app, a technology solution that makes presentations more accessible

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Amer Latif

Amer Latif is Vice President of Sales at Present Pal. With over 6 years of experience in Assistive Technology and working with Higher Education Institutions, he understands the importance of AT and the impact of AT for students with challenges. He is passionate about supporting students to reach their full potential through delivering access to intervention tools and strategies. He has presented on AT technology at conferences such as AHEAD, Closing the Gap, ATIA, Accessing Higher Ground, and CAPED.

Jordan Colbert

Jordan Colbert is Associate Director for Assistive Technology at Yale University, and is passionate about equity and communications. Jordan received his B.A in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). He started in disability services in 2015 as a Graduate Counselor and transitioned to working as an Assistive Technology Specialist for USC in 2017. Prior to working in the field of accessibility, Jordan served as a psychotherapist with high school students and provided Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to substance abuse populations. As a credentialed Assistive Technology Professional, Jordan facilitates assistive technology usage and serves a caseload of students requiring academic accommodations.