Accessible media refers to audiovisual media content can be used, read or viewed by people with disabilities, particularly those who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf, hearing impaired or who have a physical disability.
An example of a piece of accessible content is a video with closed captioning, described video (more below), and a transcript for Deaf and/or blind viewers. (Credit: Rick Hansen Foundation)
Media captioning is the process of converting the audio content of media (i.e. videos, tv programs, podcasts, and webinars) into text on the screen. Subtitles are not the same as captions; Captions not only display dialogue and narration, they also include speaker identification, sound effects, and music description. *content adapted from The Described and Captioned Media Program - DCMP
Post-production captioning is different from a live captionist who provides streaming text in real-time (as the event is occurring). One example is a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) captionist who is a trained professional who translates the spoken word into captions that appear in real-time for participants at an event or meeting.
Per the Described and Captioned Media Program Audio Description is a secondary audio track with additional narration that describes vital visual information for students who are blind and visually impaired.
Students can submit a custom request for accessible media for individual college events, meetings, or activities that are outside of regular scheduled class time.
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