Compliance, Diversity and Ethics
The Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) facilitates accessible media production to ensure equal access to university curriculum and related resources.
This service includes video captioning and audio/video description.
What is Captioning?The Media Access Group at WGBH defines captions as:
"...spoken dialogue as printed words on the television screen. Captions are specifically designed for viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing, however, they allow anyone to follow along through carefully placed words that identify speakers, on- and off-screen sound effects, music, and laughter."
What is Audio/Video Description
According to the American Council of the Blind, Audio Description involves:
“...the accessibility of the visual images of theater, television, movies, and other art forms for people who are blind, have low vision, or who are otherwise visually impaired.” “It is commentary and narration, which guides the listener through the presentation with concise, objective descriptions of new scenes, settings, costumes, body language, and "sight gags," all slipped in between portions of dialogue or songs.”
Example of an accessible video (Stuck on an Escalator, YouTube):
This service is provided to Mason faculty and staff to ensure that the resources used in the classroom and/or online are accessible to individuals with sensory impairments, learning/cognitive challenges, or who speak English as a second language.
Complete the Accessible Media Request Form for each file needed.
For bulk requests (e.g., 10 or more videos) feel free to use the Bulk Request Form (Excel)
Submit request form(s) to the ATI office at least 7 days prior to the date needed.
- Please Note (Kaltura Users): If your videos are hosted on Kaltura, please be sure to tag them with "needs captions" so that ATI staff can locate them once your request has been submitted.
Audio/Video Description Services:
- Audio/video description requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ATI directly at email@example.com to discuss this service.