If your course contains content that includes video, or any type of media that incorporates sound and images together, captions are necessary to enable students with specific disabilities to access the material.
Captions are text versions of the spoken word and relevant sounds presented within multimedia. Captions allow the content of audio and video to be accessible to those who do not have access to audio. Though captioning is primarily intended for those who cannot hear the audio, it has also been found to help students with learning disabilities, students who may not be fluent in the language in which the audio is presented, students for whom the language spoken is not their primary language, etc.
Captions should be:
Think about your reasons for including the video content in your course or other work. Chances are, you feel the video adds an important element to your instruction and enhances the learning experience. Keeping this in mind, it is only fair that a student with a disability should have equal access to those same elements and enhancements.
Please note some video may contain sounds which are not necessarily spoken word, but
which are integral to the meaning (i.e. a door slamming off camera, screeching tires off camera, etc.). In these cases,
captions should include a
brief description of the sound.
Don't be fooled by YouTube's machine captions! YouTube uses voice recognition software to automatically create a video
transcript and captions for almost every video uploaded to YouTube. Therefore, all
YouTube videos have a CC (Closed Caption) button, but the
machine transcribed captions are far less accurate than those transcribed by humans.
To be sure you find human-captioned videos on YouTube, follow this easy search technique:
You can search Google's vast video repository and filter for only those videos that are close-captioned:
If you are the author of your video, you can add captions easily through YouTube. If you are not the author, then you must first request permission from the author to caption their content. Disability Support Services (DSS), can assist with this process (see heading "How can I have someone caption videos for me?" further down this page).
Disability Support Services (DSS) can handle the process of captioning your videos or other multimedia content. Please contact DSS with your request. We will take it from there!
call extension 2182 or 925-969-2182
email David Hagerty, DSS Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
visit the DSS office in the Student Services Center, room 248