Allan Hancock College is mandated by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to provide equal access to all educational material, including videos, to students who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. This means that all video materials shown in class or online must be closed-caption and more specifically:
- All new videos purchased must be closed-captioned.
- All videos must be closed-captioned before they are shown whether there is a Deaf or hard-of-hearing person student is present or not.
- All videos made available to students through Canvas or any other online environment must be closed-captioned.
- Check with the Learning Resource Center (LRC) for a closed-captioned version of your video. Library staff may be able to assist in finding a substitute title.
- Free closed-captioned videos are also available through many websites, ie. PBS.org. (Please check the captioning for accuracy before showing the video in class or online.) If a closed-captioned version is not available at the LRC, place a request to purchase a captioned version of your video through your department secretary.
- If a captioned version of your video is not available through any of the above resources, please email your captioning request to Nancy Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org the semester before you need the video. Very short videos can be captioned onsite. Assuming funding is available, longer videos will be sent to an off-campus captioning company. (Note: It takes about 4 hours to caption a 10 minute video onsite.)
We will need to know:
- Do you have copy right permission from the publisher to caption video(s)?
- What is the format? (VHS, DVD, thumb drive, Youtube – Is it your own clip?)
On campus captioning services
For video support for instructors wanting to create educational content or review and editing of instructor’s captioned video from outsourced captioning services contact:
Academic Resources Technical Specialist
805-922-6966 ext. 3848
For assistance for very short videos, assistance sending longer videos to off-campus captioning company, or review and editing of video content contact:
Alternative Media Specialist for Learning Assistance Program
805-922-6966 ext. 3788
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Audience Caption Guidelines (Penn State University)
- Audio description for the blind
This is a “how to” video for Youtube captioning from The National Center on Disability and Access to Education.