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  1. MONASH CCS GEDI COMMITTEE PRESENTS “My walk on the path to equity in STEMM” International Day of People with a Disability Professor Louise Purton Head, Stem Cell Regulation Unit St. Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
  2. On the topic of change…. What you can do to help make presentations more accessible Many people are trained to keep presentations very simple- less text, more pictures This usually makes presentations less accessible to people with disabilities 1/7 people have a hearing disability, these vary in how profound they are and span people of all age groups Numerous disabilities are not accommodated well by the minimalist presentation styles now favoured Many rely heavily on text and live captioning (this also assists ESL people) to follow seminars, TV, movies and all video-based media forms, and also lip read (make sure your face is visible and well lit)
  3. One in five people have a disability and many presentations are less accessible for them I am still learning how to improve my presentations for people with other disabilities I am happy to share what I have learned and would love to hear from others on how to further improve to accommodate their disability (I do not know it all!) Preferred font for dyslexic people: Calibri (Times is OK) and leave lots of white space between sentences- also applies in any written formats (grant applications etc) unless specific rules prevent accommodating this Improving accessibility for dyslexia people (acknowledging A/Prof Traude Beilharz for these tips) People with dyslexia prefer visual anchors and text without uneven word spacing Do not use centre-justified text, left-only justified works better
  4. Colour helps to reduce “blandness” of presentations but colour blindness is also common Try and avoid colours that are hard for people with colour blindness to access If you use GraphPad Prism to generate graphs it has an option that can automatically choose a colour scheme that is accessible for people with colour blindness (you can also manually choose colours) Screenshot of option to change colours in Prism Colour options available Default grey tone colours Automated Colourblind Safe colours
  5. If you do imaging studies, please consider making the images accessible too Standard (inaccessible) colour palette Same image, accessible colour palette Acknowledgements to Dr Gavin Tjin for generating these data Colour panels suitable for images, graphs and figures Used to generate image at right
  6. There are many people who have vision disabilities that also require assistance Virtual presentations, recorded talks (and even social media platforms) have increased the ability to improve accessibility of “in real time” presentations, including for people who use screen readers Be aware of the size of your font- make sure it is large enough to read (especially on small computer screens) Pictures have an “Alt text” option- click on the picture in PowerPoint when preparing your talk Write in the white box that appears at the right of the screen Avoid using tables if possible
  7. Other things to keep in mind to improve accessibility Flashing lights might look cool (including social media GIFs) but if you use them you could trigger an epileptic episode or adversely affect other people with neurological disabilities When giving face to face presentations always use a microphone- you might think that everyone can hear you but likely there is at least one person in the room who needs that microphone Speak clearly (do not mumble!) and try not to talk too fast Light background colours with dark text are easier to read than dark backgrounds with light text If people would not be able to follow your talk if the sound was off, many will not be able to follow it when the sound is on (also applies to people who have difficult following accents, including ESL)
  8. Why is improving accessibility of your presentation important if you do not require it? There are many people with a range of disabilities- if you exclude them you are excluding a significant portion of your audience It does not take much extra work to do this, yet you can benefit too, even invitations to present elsewhere We all deserve to be treated equitably People are trained to simplify their presentations, yet little is done to improve accessibility which often declines with this type of training Finding a balance of both is the best way to proceed, less information is readily available on improving accessibility The more we are aware, the more we can improve access for everyone
  9. Simple workplace adjustments can improve accessibility for disabled people The ability to work from home and/or part-time assists many who cannot physically be at work all the time Most importantly: provide an environment where everyone feels safe and supported JobAccess employment assistance fund- easy to apply for and provides $$ for workplace adjustments Hybrid seminars, conferences improve accessibility for many (not just disabled people) Adjustments are not hard to do and make a big difference to many