When I am giving powerpoint talks, I try to have short on screen notes that
I expand as I talk and use the facility in PPt to Save as rich text and
print out as a handout - the pics disappear, but it does provide the key
points and the urls or other references
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From: Discussions by and for dyslexic people
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sheridan Sharp1
Sent: 01 December 2008 19:03
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [DYSLEXIA] Powerpoint and the internet
Yes Jean, I agree regarding the reading of text in PowerPoint
presentations. It can discriminate against those people with severe
dyslexia. Although I have no problem reading in general. I cannot skim read
and that's when I find it difficult to follow when the slides change
I always thought that a PowerPoint presentation should only give key points
on the slide and are then explained verbally by the presenter. That would be
more inclusive for both those who are good readers but may have visual and
auditory memory difficulties and also those who have difficulty reading.
It's more multisensory that way.
In my opinion, too much text defeats the point of showing slides if the
viewers spends too much time trying to read the info. They might as well be
given notes so they can be read in the viewers own time or put in an
auditory form for those with reading difficulties.
As a dyslexic I have strengths in visual , kinaesthetic memory. For me a
speaker who just talks is working to my weakness as I have auditory memory
difficulties so I will forget what they've said. I cannot listen and take
notes at the same time so I prefer to see visual aids with a mixer of
If I give a PowerPoint presentation its usually with slides that are a
mixture of text and pictures. If its unavoidable that there is a lot of text
I read it out and allow extra time for that side to be read. I also give
handouts that allow people to take notes next to the relevant slide. I also
like to include a small practical task to demonstrate a point if at all
On 01/12/2008 11:36, "Jean Hutchins 1" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Sheridan wrote:
>> I also find it difficult to view when the slides are
> changed quickly without giving people time to read them.<
> I would have thought u might have said that putting up power point
> presentations with writing discriminates against severe dyslexics who
> cannot read them.
> I find that reading powerpoints distract me from the speaker.
> However, one dyslexic speaker had pictures of people, not words, on
> her powerpoints. That was even more distracting, because I kept
> wondering if they were show business people whom I ought to recognise.
> One good dyslexic speaker had no powerpoints, no handouts, she just
> talked. She moved about it bit and certainly kept our attention.
> The best user of powerpoints that I have seen, pointed to each line,
> read it aloud, and then said more about that aspect
> Online or downloaded powerpoints may be good for those who can read
> and like visual presentations, graphs and charts etc. but they are
> extremely difficult to access if u read by listening. Words in graphs
> are often images.
> A severe dyslexic says he thinks the internet has increased
> discrimination against dyslexics, because so many cannot skim, scan,
> find information or read it.
> I see more of a gulf between dyslexics who can read easily and
> dyslexics who cannot read much if anything, than between dyslexics who
> can read and non-dyslexics.
> What do u think?
> Jean Hutchins, SE Surrey DA.
> RSA Dip SpLD, AMBDA, retired.
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> British Dyslexia Association Web: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
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