Video and audio material require captions and descriptions to make content accessible to deaf or hard of hearing people. Captions benefit a wide variety of people. Research shows that captioned media increases literacy skills, comprehension, and retention for everyone. Captions are useful to speakers of other languages, individuals with learning differences and viewers in noisy environments.

Please contact the Student Accessibility and Support Services Office for assistance providing Communication Access Realtime Translation to fulfill an accommodation.  

Zoom and Google Meet

Zoom and Google Meet have built-in options for turning on captions. 

To provide captions that fulfill an accommodation or meet the accuracy required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) you may need to acquire a professional or educational license along with Otter.AI. 


YouTube allows users to create automatic captions for existing videos and captions for live stream video. 


Google Chrome allows captions/transcripts of video played in a Chrome nrowser.

Other Resources

Audio Descriptions

Audio description offers people who are blind or have low vision an understanding of what is happening visually in video or multimedia. This narration allows users to access content that is otherwise inaccessible by simply listening to the audio. Audio description should be created by trained professionals.

Outsourcing Captions, Audio Description, and CART