Captioning at UIC
The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act guidelines and other laws require synchronized captions for most multimedia at the time the video is posted. There are two exceptions:
- You absolutely know that no person seeing the videos requires captions.
- No action in the video requires captioning. For example, a professor is lecturing without any visual actions and is just talking. In this case a text transcript would still be required of the lecture.
Beyond legal needs, there are other reasons to caption:
- Captioned videos allow for universal access to videos, they are not just for people with disabilities.
- Many people use captions in quiet environments.
- Captioning is useful when English is a person’s second language.
- Captioned videos allow for people using search engines to find specific text from the video.