Accessible PowerPoints Class

Presentations are powerful and persuasive. 

Did you know that you’re leaving people out if your presentation isn’t written, designed and delivered to include everyone?

Get the knowledge, skills and practice to make sure your presentations create impact.

Cohort 1:

September 12, 2024

6:00 – 9:30pm CST


September 13, 2024

9:00 – 12:30pm AEST


Cohort 2:

September 26, 2024

9:00 – 12:30pm CST


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This is what happens when your presentations leave people in the dark.

Presentations that have impact share important ideas with audiences that need to receive them, but your slides leave people behind when they’re not accessible.

If you rely on presentations for big-picture strategies, data-driven diagrams or organizational charts, they can present barriers for people with disabilities.

Text-heavy slides, transitions, animations create problems for people who are neurodiverse, have vestibular conditions, or who are new English speakers (to name a few).

And let’s face it, they create problems for everyone else. Brand templates make sure slides look the same, but they won’t make them accessible.

Accessible presentations make people feel like they belong.

Creating, designing and delivering accessible presentations takes knowledge, skills and practice.

Accessibility belongs at the beginning of the creative process. Accessibility matters because it gives people agency to fully participate in a way that works best for them.

The Accessible PowerPoints Class is designed to help

You’ll learn practical ways to create, design and deliver accessible presentations to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 AA) in this 3.5-hour class.

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What you’ll get:

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Live, instructor-led online training

3.5 hours of online training to learn core concepts and apply your knowledge through practical exercises and small group activities.

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Pre-reading and homework to help you prep

Access to pre-reading and activities before the program starts to help you get the most out of the live classes.

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Resources and tools you can use after class

Part of the journey is learning as you go. You’ll get a reference guide and checklist you can use every day, plus real-time feedback on your document.

What you’ll learn:

The principles of accessible presentations – what they are and why they’re important

What accessibility levels, standards and guidelines are and the requirements for meeting them

How to write, format and share your presentation accessibly including slide content, diagrams, charts and tables

How to use accessibility features like alternative text, reading order, spacing, speaker notes and the accessibility checker so your presentations are compatible with screen readers and voice recognition software

How to incorporate accessibility into your workflow with accessible brand templates you can use over and over again

The moral, legal and financial risks associated with creating and delivering inaccessible presentations

Dates & Times

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Classes are:

Cohort 1:

September 12 6:00 – 9:30pm CST


September 13 9:00 – 12:30pm AEST


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Cohort 2:

September 26 9:00 – 12:30pm CST



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The cost for training is:

CAD $395.00 + Tax


The cost for the training is $395.00 + GST. Classes are on December 6 and 7, 2023 from 10:00am – 12:30pm Central each day.

About your instructor Kelly Thibodeau

If we haven’t met yet, my name is Kelly Thibodeau. I’m the daughter of a mom who had physical and cognitive disabilities and I witnessed first-hand the negative impacts of living in a world my mom felt excluded from. 

I bring together over 25 years of marketing and communications experience and have been involved in creating accessible online web content since 2007, first as a member of a corporate working group, then as a website editor and social media manager. I started Squarely Social in 2018 and have been incorporating accessible practices in my work and in my training programs. I’ve led and developed curriculum for universities, organizations and industry groups on digital and social media marketing.

Instructor Kelly Thibodeau

I believe that digital experiences are social, and that conversational content includes disabled people. 

Funding provided by the Manitoba Government through the Manitoba Accessibility Fund.

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