Making presentations

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Making presentations
By Donna J. Jodhan

When it comes to making presentations, there a few tips that I would like to
pass on based on my years of experience in the mainstream workplace. For
the sighted employer and their sighted employees, if there is a blind or
sight impaired person in your audience, you would need to find ways to
communicate the contents of your visual displays and foils to these persons.
One quick way to do this is to ensure that you fully describe everything
that is listed on your display or foil. If you have printed handouts to
pass along, then it may be a good idea to send these along to your blind and
sighted guests before making your presentation.

You may be saying to yourself; then how would you know before hand if there
are going to be any persons in your audience who is blind or sight impaired
and it’s a very good question. Here is where the person requiring such
accommodations would need to play their part. If they want to be
accommodated then they would need to let the presenter know in a reasonable
timeframe. It is what I call a combined effort. A blind or sight impaired
person should never assume that the presenter would always be aware of what
types of accommodations need to be provided. This being said, I will make
one very important addition to this last point.

If the presenter is either from a Federal or provincial Government
department, then it is not wrong to assume that he/she should be aware of
the types of accommodations that are needed in the case of blind and sighted
members of an audience and my suggestion is that a team effort be employed
to ensure that everything runs smoothly. On the part of the presenter, make
sure that you are fully armed with all necessary accommodations no matter
what and in the case of the blind or sight impaired person, it does not hurt
to gently remind your employer that you need for the presenter to make their
presentations with you in mind.

When I worked for IBM Canada I often had to make presentations and in one of
my first presentations, I used a Braille foil to demonstrate my need and
bring home my point. I put up a foil with Braille dots and said to my
audience: “If anyone can read this foil, I’ll take you out for lunch.” My
audience quickly got the point.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you
a terrific day.
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