Watching a video without captions not only compromises the education of students who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH), but it also violates their right to equal access as established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990, as amended 2008).
What to Look for:
- Check all currently owned videos for captioning.
- Purchased videos will be labeled with one of these three symbols on either the case or center label of the video.
- Self-recorded videos will need to be checked by viewing clips from each video with the captioning capabilities of the TV or projector turned on.
- Captioned TV programs/movies retain captioning when recorded.
- Mark the captioned videos with one of the captioning symbols for future reference
- When purchasing new videos, buy captioned.
- If captioning status is not listed in the catalog or internet ordering site, contact the company.
- Test the media in your classroom at least 2 weeks before the schedule class showing to ensure all technical components are in working order.
Getting Videos Captioned:
- Instructions on how to caption your own YouTube clips.
- Seek funding from within the department to pay for captioning current videos.
- Direct questions regarding this responsibility to the department chair, school, Kim Bates in the Academic Achievement & Access Center (864-4064)
- If funds are limited, prioritize videos to be captioned using the following as guidelines:
- Videos used every semester/year as a staple part of the curricula
- Videos used to present new information that will be tested
- Videos used to reinforce already presented material
- Videos used for enrichment purposes only (non-tested material)
- If video is non-essential consider not showing the video.
- Provide a transcript of video to the student and interpreter at least one class period in advance of the class showing.
- Should a non-captioned video be shown, equal access to course content has not been provided.