March 8, 2015
The benefits of adding captions to videos are highlighted in a new eight-minute UW-IT video featuring UW professors, students, and accessibility and IT specialists sharing their experiences. The video, Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education, shows that captions not only benefit those who are deaf or hard of hearing, but also help students for whom English is not their primary language, as well as support video search and interactive transcripts. Watch Captions and get more information about creating accessible videos.
June 2, 2014
UW faculty, staff and departments now have an easy way to caption videos, making them more accessible, through an arrangement with Automatic SyncTechnologies. Captioning a 5-minute video, for example, could cost as little as $6.00 and take only 20 minutes. Information about captioning UW videos with CaptionSync is available on the revamped Accessible Technology at the UW website. For student accommodation requests to caption a lecture video, contact UW Disability Resources for Students.
March 25, 2014
An inspiring video encouraging young people to learn computing programming is now accessible to blind students, thanks to a collaboration between non-profit code.org and UW's AccessComputing project. The video features celebrities including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, as well as popular musicians and athletes. It was adapted for blind students by adding audio description, a separate audio track that narrates key visual information such as the names of the speakers, and is available on YouTube.