What is captioning?
Captioning is the process of creating text to display during the audio portion of multimedia as it occurs. Audio Description, is text that explains the actions that are occurring within the multimedia as they occur. These are provided within the multimedia, not as a separate script. Captioning, not only benefits viewers with hearing impairments or deafness but also supports the concept of universal design by helping to reduce language barriers by making it easier to understand speakers with accents, or instances where the viewer and speaker have different native languages. In addition, the captions can improve comprehension for individuals with various learning styles. For example, some individuals learn better if they can hear and see the words as they are spoken. It can also be helpful for topics that are complex or contain technical terms. The viewer may want to see and hear those technical terms and see and hear audio descriptions of complex actions.
If you would like assistance with captioning multimedia, you can request captioning services from the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) using the Service Request Form. The UDC can help consult on captioning related ATI policy questions.