Workshop materials

Arial is the best commonly available font.

 Powerpoint

  • Use no less than 24pt font for the body of the text and 32pt font for the title.
  • Use of colour contrast can make text more readable for everybody (especially in awkwardly lit rooms). The use of red, dark grey, brown, green or purple for text and backgrounds should be avoided as these colours are difficult for some people with visual impairments to differentiate. These colours should not be used next to each other as they do not provide enough contrast. The RNIB state that black text on a white background provides best contrast.
  • Avoid backgrounds that contain a picture. Use solid colours or even better, no background at all.
  • Limit the use of animations.
  • Avoid flashing or blinking objects.

 Handouts

  • Use no less than 12 pt font for the body of the text and 18 pt font for the title.
  • No more than three slides (two if including notes or space for comments) to a page.
  • Participants with dyslexia may benefit from handouts on different coloured paper. People with visual impairments may benefit from larger fonts. Requests for alternative formats should be picked up when participants are asked about their specific needs or requirements at initial registration - however, if your document is in electronic format it is easier to adapt.
  • Documents that need to be produced in alternative formats e.g. Braille will need to be translated in advance. If workshop leaders are preparing handouts for discussion they may need to be ready at least two weeks before the date of the event.

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