Accessibility and Maine State Library Webinars

The following tips refer to those webinars made with Microsoft PowerPoint and delivered with the Adobe Presenter software and then uploaded to AdobeConnect for watching. State Library staff worked to make their PowerPoint presentations accessible by doing the following:

  • Adding text equivalents to all images
  • Limiting the use of animations and transitions or none at all
  • Using the Notes panel, adding text transcripts of audio tracks

Visual Disabilities

From the Adobe Presenter website:

"Once the Adobe Presenter 7 presentation has determined a screen reader or screen magnifier is running, the viewer will automatically switch to the ‘mini-player’ mode. This simplified version of the Adobe Presenter 7 viewer presents the user with a smaller subset of the controls over the Adobe Presenter 7 presentation, enhancing the usability of the presentation for users with disabilities. 

Adobe Presenter 7 presentations also include a number of keystrokes to help navigate the presentation. These keys allow all users the ability to control the presentation without relying on the use of the mouse.

  • Page Up – Next Slide
  • Page Down – Previous Slide
  • P – Play/Pause
  • S – Stop
  • M – Mute
  • V- Change View

If you are using JAWS for Windows, you should turn off the Quick Keys mode by pressing Ins + N in order to use the Adobe Presenter 7 solutions keyboard shortcuts."

Hearing Disabilities

For presentations with a narrative audio recorded and delivered in Adobe Presenter 7, a text transcript of this information for users with hearing impairments is available. This transcript of the audio is in the Notes panel within Microsoft PowerPoint.