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Captioned media services is the process of embedding text on film as well as other types of media and has become a widely-used accommodation in postsecondary settings for deaf individuals. Research studies confirm that captions used on different media sources such as film, television, and online videos not only benefit deaf individuals but also emerging readers, ESL/ELL students, students with learning disabilities, individuals with ADD/ADHD, and many more.

With advancements in technology, entities have a variety of approaches to consider when a need for captioned media arises. The following resources support the production of accurate, time-synced captions to ensure equitable access to media.

Why Captions Provide Equal Access

Captions are the textual representation of audio content in a video format, communicating spoken dialogue, sound effects, and speaker identification. Captions provide essential access for the more than 30 million Americans with a hearing loss. They also benefit emerging readers, visual learners, non-native speakers, and many others.
Topics: Captioned Media , Other Access Topics
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, New Users, Parents, Teachers

Creating Offline Captions

Captioning, a textual representation of the audio, is an important accessibility tool for deaf people, as well as a benefit and learning tool for others. With so many avenues to obtain or create captioned media, ensuring that instructional materials are accessible is definitely achievable.
Topics: Captioned Media
Useful For: Administrators, Disability Services Professionals, Employers, New Users