How can I make my videos and podcasts accessible? 

Adding captions, transcripts, and audio descriptions to your videos and podcasts are an incredibly valuable resource for many people who are interacting with your content. For users who have visual or auditory impairments, using closed captioning or transcripts may be the only way that these users can access your information. Additionally, adding closed captioning and transcripts is a requirement for WCAG standards. 

 

Who benefits from accessible videos and podcasts? 

  • Auditory Impaired Users. For users who are deaf or hard of hearing, tools like captioning are imperative for understanding a video and its context. 
  • Visually Impaired Users. Transcript and audio descriptions assist users who can't see a video. 
  • Users who don't have access to audio. If a user is trying to watch a video in a loud setting, or someplace that they must be quiet in, having captioning and transcriptions make it possible for these users to still interact with your content. 
  • Non-native English speakers and Visual Learners. If a user understands written text more easily than the spoken word, video accessibility can improve their understanding of the video. 
  • You! Including captioning and transcripts to your videos improves search engine's abilities to find your content.  

 

 

Additional Resources: 

Guidelines and Best Practices for Captioning Educational Video - Captioning Key 

508 Accessible Videos - Why (and How) to Make Them - Digital.gov

The Importance of Video Accessibility - UpBuild

 

Still need help?

Let us know! We are happy to help make your content and videos more accessible. 

Madison Ellis, Accessibility Specialist

mjellis@uada.edu

Amy Cole, Digital Media Manager 

accole@uada.edu 

 

Head back to the Division Accessibility page