Tips for Caucus Speakers

Fact Sheet
Updated: 2 weeks ago
Voting Rights

The following best practices are to aid you in preparing a presentation for an audience with diverse access needs. Using Harvard University’s accessible event planning guidance and University of Arizona’s items to consider. Accessible Presentation Techniques we have created a short list of items to consider.


Ensure your presentation is accessible whether Powerpoint, Word, or PDF.

Describe visual materials to the audience such as slides, charts, etc. for audience members with low vision.

Videos should be captioned for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Have an accessible electronic version of any handouts available.

Have a few copies with at least 18 point font; use clear fonts such as Arial.


To ensure that your meeting is inclusive and allows everyone to participate in the conversation, microphones should be used by speakers and attendees.

Repeat questions posed by the audience before responding, especially when a roving microphone is not used.

Maintain a full, normal, speaking voice when using the microphone.

Hold the microphone 2-6 inches from your mouth at a 45 degree angle.


When introducing yourself, consider sharing a brief physical description for the benefit of those who cannot see you.

Be as close to the audience and face them as much as possible. Many attendees will appreciate being able to read your lips.

A deaf audience member can only focus on one thing at a time: interpreter, the speaker, or the slides. Therefore, when transitioning to or between slides, pause for a moment to give time for the translation to catch up.

Spell acronyms or define terms, jargon, and idioms.

Please speak slowly and clearly, like a newscaster, to make it easier to be understood.

Tips for Caucus Speakers