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How to Produce WCAG-Compliant Video Captions and Audio Descriptions

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

If you want your video content to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA then you need captions and audio description. But how do you determine what constitutes “WCAG compliant” captions or descriptions? What standards are your captions…

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April 24, 2018
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Captioning and Transcription for Medical Content

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Whether it’s a hospital marketing video, instructional surgery video, recorded medical course lecture, or any other kind of medical multimedia content, adding captions and transcripts is a must. Videos without captions are not accessible to people who are deaf and hard of…

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April 20, 2018
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Best Practices for Recording and Captioning Lecture Content

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

When it comes to educational video content, high-quality closed captions are very important. It improves the educational experience better for all students, not just those who need to use captions as an accommodation. As an instructor, you can ensure your educational videos…

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Updated April 13, 2018
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How the University of Arizona Forges Collaborations for Accessible Online Classes

by Patrick Loftus in Lighter Side

An accessible campus is not made accessible because of just one department or office. For campus accessibility to work well and succeed, collaborations must be made between departments and individuals across the institution. But what exactly does that web of communication and…

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April 9, 2018
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Behind the Scenes: The Making of an Accessible Campus at WSU

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

In April of 2016, Wichita State University (WSU) received a complaint through the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over an accessibility issue in a face-to-face classroom setting. Now, as a result, the institution is in the middle of a campus-wide accessibility…

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April 4, 2018
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Q&A: Creating an Accessible Campus at Wichita State University

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

In April 2016, Wichita State University (WSU) received an OCR complaint. After a few months, WSU entered into an agreement with the National Federation of the Blind to make their student-facing educational technology accessible by 2020. Almost two years later, WSU is…

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March 28, 2018
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How to Enable Audio Description on Your Smartphone

by Patrick Loftus in How-To

Third-party mobile apps that contain audio description on videos typically allow smartphone users to enable audio descriptions within the app or video player itself. But if you want to ensure your phone is playing audio description tracks when they are available for…

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March 27, 2018
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CUNY’s System-Wide Accessibility Solution

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Having a wide-reaching accessibility program that is available to all students and staff is the ideal at any institution. But what exactly does it take to get there? At the City University of New York (CUNY), the Services for Students with Disabilities…

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March 26, 2018
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Captioning and Transcription for Marketing Content

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

By 2019, 80% of the world’s internet traffic will be video and social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined. The stats don’t lie: video marketing works because people can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet video content. So,…

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March 22, 2018
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University-Wide Accessibility: Q&A with CUNY

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Carlos Herrera is Assistant Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, and Coordinator of the Technology Accessibility Task Force at City University of New York (CUNY). CUNY is comprised of 24 colleges and graduate schools across New York City, all of which…

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March 13, 2018
A giant smartphone projecting onto a screen with the closed caption and audio description icons. A couple people are watching it and eating snacks in arm chairs.

5 Video Streaming Services Doing Accessibility Right

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

In addition to providing subtitles in multiple languages for a worldwide audience, streaming services understand that providing closed captions and audio description broadens their customer base to include the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who have hearing loss and vision impairments.…

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March 12, 2018
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Captions vs. Subtitles: Do You Know the Difference?

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

What are captions? In the early 1970’s, captions were introduced to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing viewers watching TV. In the 1980’s, they became an mandate for broadcast television in the US. The first captions could not be turned off (open…

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March 6, 2018