Captioning videos and other classroom materials

In compliance with University Policies, ACCESS provides Disability Services to students with documented disabilities who are eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Under these laws, any film media shown in class must be accessible to students with hearing loss.

Captions provide deaf or hard of hearing students with equal access to films. Even if there is an interpreter or 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. If you are planning to show films in your class, please fill out the online Captioning Request Form as soon as possible. This also includes streaming video or online films. This form should be filled out prior to the beginning of the semester and should include all films regardless of when they will be shown during the semester.
Here is some additional information you may find helpful regarding captioning:


Please visit our other pages to learn more about captioning and how to use it in your classroom:

Captioning FAQs

Captioning Examples

How to utilize captions in class