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For multimedia presentations to be accessible to people who are unable to hear audio content, these presentations must be captioned.
A growing number of captioning services have emerged and can be easily located via the web or in the Yellow Pages. Many educational entities, however, choose to caption their multimedia internally.
Captioning is not an especially difficult technical process, and some educational entities have found cost savings by hiring students to do the work. All that is required is a transcript and the means to synchronize that transcript with the multimedia presentation. Most video production equipment has the ability to add this synchronized text as a caption track. For web-based multimedia, the National Center on Accessible Media has developed a free software tool called MAGpie, which simplifies the process of adding captions and audio descriptions.
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For additional information, contact your region's ADA & IT Center at 1-800-949-4232.