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Digital Accessibility

  • A female student has her laptop displaying a video with captioning in Thomas Cooper Library.

Video & Audio

Whether your video content is hosted on YouTube, Panopto, or elsewhere, it is important to include accurate captions and transcripts to make your videos accessible for people with disabilities.

Captioning and Transcripts

Every video that you provide as part of a course, embed on your website, or share in any other digital context should have captions and a transcript. Captions and transcripts provide a text alternative of the audio information in your videos, and they are essential for people with hearing disabilities and those who have trouble processing audio. 

Similarly, your audio content should always have an accessible transcript as well.

Learn how you can add and edit captions on the university's most common video hosting platforms:


Panopto is often used at the university for hosting course videos and recorded Zoom meetings in Blackboard. Panopto makes it easy to edit your video's captions. 


YouTube is the university's video hosting platform of choice for embedded videos on our websites. You should always edit YouTube's auto-generated captions for accuracy.

Audio Descriptions

Audio descriptions, or spoken descriptions of visual information, help make video content accessible to people who are blind, low vision, or unable to see the screen for any reason.

Video creators may decide to create two versions of a video: one with audio descriptions and one without. However, you should always make it easy to find the accessible version of your video if you provide a separate version.

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