How to Get Your Multimedia Material Captioned

Captions provide deaf or hard of hearing students with equal access to films shown in the classroom. Even if there is an interpreter or TypeWell transcriber in your class, a person with a hearing loss cannot watch an interpreter or transcript and the film simultaneously without missing critical information.  This is also true of students who use an FM or do not use any accommodations in your class. It is much more difficult to hear and understand what is being said in a film than what is being said in class. Some examples of why films are more difficult to understand:

ACCESS will assist you in checking to see if your films have captions or if they will need to be captioned. ACCESS  hires a captioner to caption films and pays for the captioning. However, it takes approximately 2-4 weeks for this process to work.

If you are planning to show films (including online films) in your class, please click here .

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Some additional information about captions:

There are 2 types of captions - open captions and closed captions. Open captioned means that the captions will appear on screen without a decoder. Closed means that you must have a decoder to see the captions on the screen. To obtain a caption decoder for your classroom or event, contact Media Services (Roger Wiberg) . Some decoders are simple push button devices that look something like this:

Most new DVDs have both closed captions and open captions. Older VHS tapes most likely have closed captions.

The symbol for closed captions is CC and looks like this:

If a DVD is not marked as being captioned, you can still check to see if there are subtitles by going into the set up or languages menu and turn on either -English Subtitles- or -SDH -Subtitled for the Hearing Impaired.