Captioning makes videos accessible not only to those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or learning disabled, but to everyone as well. Making videos accessible helps those who are learning a new language, those who cannot turn up the volume (such as being in a library), and those who are in a noisy area and do not have access to headphones. By broadening your audience, you are making your videos accessible to all in any environment. Also, viewing captions on videos helps the viewer’s engagement, comprehension, and retention of information.
For media a transcript is also a good idea, and in fact is the only way to make video or audio content accessible to someone who is both deaf and blind. The transcript can be converted into Braille, to be read on a refreshable Braille output device.
Part of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires captioning of multimedia products. In addition, colleges, universities, and other post-secondary programs must provide effective communication for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to continue to receive federal funding. Lecture capture recordings, academic materials, or anything else that is being used in class must be made accessible to students with disabilities and provide equal opportunity to those without disabilities.
The Media Accessibility Project‘s (MAP) mission is to help make audio/visual content accessible to all students. While students with disabilities are the primary beneficiaries of these accommodations, the design and use of accessible course content and materials will benefit all students. The Media Accessibility Project is a Special Project funded by the CUNY Council on Student Disability Issues (COSDI) to:
- Provide captioning and transcription of inaccessible audio/visual course materials for use by students with disabilities
- Conduct direct training to the assistive technology staff at CUNY campuses so they may in turn provide captioning services and heighten awareness of the benefits of captioning
- Act as liaison and collaborate with CUNY’s instructional designers to raise awareness and provide technical assistance for captioning/transcription
- Increase awareness and application of universal design principles when designing video and audio course content and other services across CUNY
- Establish collaborations across the University to ensure fully accessible audio/visual content
Visit the MAP project webpage. You may call 718-281-5104 for immediate attention.