[Athen] PowerPoint slides question

Gunderson, Jon R jongund at illinois.edu
Fri Oct 1 06:19:21 PDT 2010

There are tools from a company called: Virtual 508 that can be used to help make PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 more accessible.


Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Teresa Haven
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:38 PM
To: gdietrich at htctu.net; Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] PowerPoint slides question

Danke -- another potential piece of the puzzle. Is yet another possibility since this prof has been teaching this course for 6 years and updates it every term...


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Gaeir Dietrich
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:31 PM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] PowerPoint slides question
In my experience, this happens when slides are copying from another PowerPoint presentation into the current one. For some reason, the slides that are copied are not seen by the program and are not included in the outline view.


Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Teresa Haven
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:20 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] PowerPoint slides question

Aloha, all. I have an odd question that I hope someone can help with. I'm regularly asked to review various professors' Blackboard sites for the accessibility of their course content. I've recently started to see Powerpoint slide shows where some slides have all the text accessible, some slides have only part of the text accessible and part not, and some slides are completely inaccessible (blank in Outline view). In almost every case, the prof will have been using the same basic template for every slide, and producing very "clean" slides -- just a title at the top and three or four bullet points of text. Some profs are using Office 2007 and a few may still be using Office 2003. Does anyone have a clue what could be causing this erratic accessibility issue, and more importantly, suggestions on how to resolve it? I'm trying very hard to coach faculty to produce accessible materials in the first place, and they're trying to comply, but this problem is growing and retrofitting by re-typing the slide content into Word docs and distributing to students is not a reasonable solution at this time.

Many thanks for any ideas you might be able to share,

Teresa LW Haven, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Alternate Format Program
Disability Resource Center
Arizona State University

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