Captioning Information and Practice
Believe your video content is already captioned? Check again!
Many services, such as YouTube, provide "automatic" machine-generated captioning. To check your videos, enable the captioning and watch the words. More information is available in the article "YouTube’s Automatic Captions Prove Insufficient for ADA Compliance"
Good practice regarding audio/video material:
- All public video material must be captioned.
- Captioning is beneficial for many reasons. Read more on who uses captioning - the study may surprise you!
- Captions benefit deaf and hard of hearing individuals, non-English speakers, those with learning disabilities, visual learners and all users in a noisy environment.
- Captions and transcripts make audio material searchable.
- Educational benefit studies:
- Departments should purchase only audio/video materials that include captioning.
- University departments that create audio/video content should include plans for captioning as a part of the original production. This includes building the cost of captioning into the project’s budget.
- Projects that are created using a script can be captioned inexpensively, and it is generally less expensive to add captions from the onset rather than adding them after the fact when a request is received. Contracting with a professional firm to complete the captioning is recommended. View Vendor information and Tools and Tutorials.
The DRC is responsible for captioning or provide a transcript of the following materials:
- Audio/video content that is mandatory for all students
- Online/hybrid courses or educational programs, when a student who uses captioning as a reasonable accommodation is registered in the course
- Audio/video content that is shown as part of a face-to-face course or educational program
- Audio/video content that is mandatory for all employees, such as employee training videos
- Audio/video content that is job-related for employees who use captioning as a reasonable accommodation
- Audio/video material requested to be accessible by a disabled individual as a reasonable accommodation