Accessible Videos

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Department of Justice guidelines require both public entities and places of public accommodation (including colleges and universities) to make an equivalent alternative to video available for anyone with a disability. In most cases, captioning is the only legally adequate alternative.  At the CTE, we also encourage instructors to design the learning environment that is accessible to the widest possible audience, including providing captioned materials in the courses. All students can benefit from having alternative means of accessing/processing information found in a video.

Use An Existing Accessible Video

The following external resources provide closed captioning with video:

  1. Youtube
  2. TED
  3. PBS Video

You can also search for closed captioned videos through Google’s Advanced Search or Youtube Filters.

Creating An Accessible Video

In circumstances where faculty might need to provide their own captions, the CTE can assist with recommending best practices and free tools to develop video captions. For example:

See The Following For More Comprehensive Guidance

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