Making Video Accessible

Many thanks to University of Washington for the material presented here.* Please review their very helpful article on Creating Accessible Videos.


Captioning provides a script for what is spoken in the video. Clearly this helps folks who are deaf but it also helps non-english speakers and those who wish to search for something that happens in the video. One of the best (free) resources for this is Amara.

Note that YouTube provides a service to assist with captioning as well. Like any automated captioning production it will have to be edited manually to be complete and correct.

Captioning can also be out-sourced and a couple of possibilities here are:


Audio Descriptions

When videos contain visual elements that add to the understanding of a video such as charts, graphics or words that appear on the screen, an audio description of what is happening on screen should be provided. It is also useful to read out any words that appear on screen such as the title of the video, credits, etc. UW recommends AudioEyes.

*We are lucky at Western to have access to a professional accessibility expert in Terrill Thompson. He works for the University of Washington but shares space with us in WebTech. These notes are from him and point to resources at the University of Washington. We hope one day to have funding for our own accessibility unit, but until then we thank the kind folks at UW for sharing their expertise.