Offline Captioning: Why Captions Provide Equal Access

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Offline Captioning: Why Captions Provide Equal Access

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Captions provide essential access for the more than 30 million Americans with a hearing loss. They also benefit emerging readers, visual learners, non-native speakers, and many others. Captions are the textual representation of audio content in a video format. They communicate spoken dialogue, sound effects, and speaker identification.

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The Described and Captioned Media Program is the nation’s leading source of accessible educational videos. Families and school personnel with at least one early learner—Grade 12 student with a disability can register for free access to thousands of videos. DCMP also provides media accessibility information, guidelines for captioning and describing media, and eLearning resources for professional development.

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