If your course contains content that is strictly auditory (i.e. a sound recording), transcripts are necessary to enable students who are deaf or who have hearing impairments to fully access the material.
Transcripts are a print version of the spoken word and any pertinent sounds in an audio file. Unlike captions which appear on the screen as the words are being said, transcripts are not necessarily synchronous and may be on a piece of paper instead of the screen.
Transcripts are considered an acceptable alternative if the material is strictly auditory, or if the visual aspect to the media is not integral to the meaning. An example where the visual aspect is not integral to the meaning could be "talking head" video footage, where a person is simply talking on camera and no other contextual footage is included.
Providing a transcript to accompany your audio can benefit ALL students, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. It can serve as a valuable reference which can be accessed at will.
Of course, you can manually create your own transcript by playing the audio and typing the words yourself, but for those who prefer a quicker method, see the following options:
Email David Hagerty, DSS Manager at email@example.com
Visit the DSS office in the Student Services Center, room 248