Access Center- Student Disability Support Services
Resources for Ensuring Accessible Content
When using audio or video content for events or programs, captioning provides an alternative mode of access for students. When selecting media for use in programming, it is important to keep in mind that the process of creating captions requires extra time to complete as compared to other forms of content. Care should be taken to ensure adequate enough time for captions to be in place by the time the media is used in the course.
Many video conferencing platforms provide options to add captioning through automated speech recognition (often referred to as ASR or auto-captioning). While ASR has improved greatly in recent years, it still lacks the same level of accuracy as human-generated methods. Because of this, ASR captions are not sufficient enough on their own to satisfy federal captioning requirements.
If you are recording your own media content, you can utilize the YuJa tool to create captions for it. While YuJa does utilize ASR for its initial processing, it also allows you to review and edit those captions to ensure they meet the necessary accuracy requirements.
For additional information on how to use YuJa, consult the Multimedia Accessibility guides from the Instructional Accessibility Group (IAG).
Captioning Pre-recorded media
If you intend to use pre-recorded media for a program or event, such as a film on DVD, that does not already have captions available, you will need to contact ITS for assistance. You can call the ITS HelpDesk (303-352-7548), or complete the Media Digitization Request form: https://www.msudenver.edu/technology/digitizemedia/.
Pre-recorded videos from external sites such as YouTube can vary in terms of caption availability and accuracy. For assistance with these cases, contact either ITS or IAG.
The Access Center works closely with the Instructional Accessibility Group (IAG) within the Center for Teaching, Learning and Design (CTLD) to support faculty in creating inclusive courses. The IAG is an excellent source for information and training on creating accessible materials. Their website hosts a wide variety of helpful guides, as well as a calendar of trainings and workshops. Visit the IAG's website.
Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. More specifically, people can:
- perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web
- contribute to the Web
Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including:
Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, for example:
- people using mobile phones, smart watches, smart TVs, and other devices with small screens, different input modes, etc.
- people with changing abilities due to aging
- people with temporary disabilities such as a broken arm
- people with “situational limitations” such as in bright sunlight or in an environment where they cannot listen to audio
- people using a slow Internet connection, or who have limited or expensive bandwidth
Tips for Website Accessibility:
- Do not rely on color as a navigational tool or as the sole way to differentiate items
- Images should include Alt text in the markup/code; complex images should have more extensive descriptions near the image (perhaps as a caption or descriptive summaries built right into a neighboring paragraph)
- Functionality should be accessible through mouse and keyboard and be tagged to worked with voice-control systems
- Provide transcripts for podcasts
- If you have a video on your site, you must provide visual access to the audio information through in-sync captioning
- Sites should have a skip navigation feature
- Consider 508 testing to assure your site is in compliance
The IAG's Web and Social Media Accessibility page has information which provides a general understanding of how to evaluate web content with accessibility in mind. This is best used for determining the accessibility of 3rd party resources.
The IAG's Accessible Presentations page contains materials to help you evaluate the accessibility of presentations, create more accessible presentations, and correct inaccessible presentations. If you have a question that is not answered by these guides, please contact the Instructional Accessibility Group via email at InstructionalAccessibility@msudenver.edu.
Additional Accessibility Guides, Tutorials, and Reference Pages
The IAG General Accessibility page provides a general overview of accessibility and helpful information.
The IAG also provides a robust workshop series on various topics relating to accessibility, such as alternative text, social media, posters and presentations, and so forth. To see all upcoming IAG trainings and workshops, visit their Workshops and Events page.