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508 Captioning Compliance

How to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Sec. 508 requiring closed captioning on video used for instructional purposes.

What's Section 508 All About?

In two words:  video captions.

Section 508b of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act requires that "Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation." 

This means video files and live audio broadcasts used in the classroom must have synchronized captions or transcripts, and that content presented visually via video should have a content description track.



closed captioning symbol

Are Library DVDs Closed Captioned?

Not all of them.

The Library makes every effort to purchase closed captioned films when possible. Some materials are never captioned.

Captioned materials will have the subject heading: Video Recordings for the Hearing Impaired.

Are Library Streaming Services Closed Captioned?

Films on Demand

Many titles support closed captioning. It should display by default, but if needed look for and toggle the familiar symbol.

Alexander Street and ICE Learning Videos

Titles feature contextual transcripts in a box beside the video.  Transcripts are also searchable.

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