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Accessibility - Media Transcribing and / or Captioning benefits

Captioning and transcription benefits are often associated with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The benefits, however, go beyond this population, and are valuable for many learners.

It's the Law(s)! and Learning benefits of captions and transcripts for multiple populations

Captioning benefits are often associated with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Research in the 1980's concluded that captions could turn media into a moving storybook - "a steady stream of written language presented with both video and audio reinforcement" (Koskinen, Wilson, and Jensema). Reading and listening comprehension, word recognition, decoding skills and more are benefits of using captions, as well as contributing to literacy for several populations, including english as a second language learners (Lewis).  


In addition to the learning benefits of captions, important laws requiring captioning  have been passed, the University of Wisconsin System Accessibility Statement and University of Wisconsin-Madison Policy Governing World Wide Web Accessibility require captions and transcripts for media on the web.





Further reading:

The Law -  (Captions for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Viewers), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Federal LAWS And ... - Described and Captioned Media Program (PDF)

Captions for Literacy. “How TV Captions Help Learning To Read”. 2008, 

"Closed-Captioned Television: A New Tool for Reading Instruction." Reading World May 1985: 7, Koskinen, R., R. Wilson, and C. J. Jensema.
Lewis, Margaret S. Jelinek. “Television Captioning: A Vehicle for Accessibility and Literacy”. Idaho Assistive Technology Project. Disability Information Resources. 1999 

Sundius, Jane. “Using Television for Literacy Skills”. Audicious Ideas. Open Society Institute-Baltimore. 2008,

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Keywords: transcribe, transcription, caption, captioning, literacy, media files, literacy, reading and listening comprehension, deaf, hard of hearing, digital media, literacy, reading, law, Federal, NIDCD, how to caption,   Doc ID: 15077
Owner: Phyllis T.Group: Accessibility
Created: 2010-09-09 19:00 CDTUpdated: 2011-11-03 11:47 CDT
Sites: Accessibility, DoIT Help Desk