How can educational entities plan an accessible video production?

DO-IT Factsheet #1211

Videotapes, DVDs, and streaming videos on the web can be engaging instructional tools. However, the audio portions of these media are inaccessible to individuals with hearing impairments, and visual information that is not otherwise communicated through audio is inaccessible to individuals with visual impairments. These accessibility barriers can be avoided when principles of universal design are employed in the design process, when consumer evaluation is conducted at formative stages of development, and when captions of the audio content and audio descriptions of visual content are provided. For an overview of access solutions, see the AccessIT Knowledge Base article How do I make multimedia accessible? [1]

A "universal design" approach to the creation of videotapes is one in which the production team takes into account the wide variety of characteristics of potential viewers during the design process in order to make them accessible to a broad audience. For more information about universal design, consult the AccessIT Knowledge Base article What is universal design? [2]

To plan an accessible video production, follow these steps:

For a profile of one organization that incorporates many of these ideas, see the AccessIT Knowledge Base article DO-IT: A Promising Practice on Designing Accessible Videotapes [4]. For further information and resources consult Creating Video and Multimedia Products that are Accessible to People with Sensory Impairments [5].