Making Podcasts and Videos into Accessible Educational Materials

Program Description

Closed Captioning symbolRecorded: April 12, 2018 – Teachers at all levels increasingly use audio and video content as part of their instruction practice. Unfortunately, many of these materials are inaccessible to learners with disabilities.

In this session, we discuss the importance of making all education materials accessible, how to make your audio and video accessible and various free tools and resources.

Participants learn about:

  • Legal requirements.
  • How to create audio transcripts.
  • How to create captioning files.
  • Methods for creating video descriptions.
  • Where to find free tools and resources.


John BrandtJohn E. Brandt – John is the Training and Operations Coordinator for Maine CITE, Maine’s Assistive Technology Program and the Maine AEM Program. He is a former school psychologist and was the program director of Masters in Education Distance Learning Program at the University of New England.

John has a long-time, avid interest in technology, consulting on the use of technology in psychology and mental health and more recently has owned and operated a web design/development firm specializing is accessible and universally designed digital content.


Maine AEM and Maine CITE recording webinars are now being served using the Kaltura media hosting services of the University of Maine. For participants needing Captioning, we recommend enlarging the video player to full size and use the CART captioning that is embedded in the recording – see additional directions for using captioning.  

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Links mentions in this webinar…

The following links are to websites and other assets mentioned in this webinar. Note we are not endorsing any product or service:

Tools and Resources for Podcasts

Resources and Tools for Video Captioning

Resources for Audio Description

Technical Articles

Described and Captioned Media Program provides premium media designed for students with disabilities and leads as a resource for families and teachers, supported by the Department of Education.

Adding captions and subtitles to HTML5 video – Mozilla (very techy) –

W3C-WAI Web Accessibility Tutorials – Guidance on how to create websites that meet WCAG – [Draft] Caption formats and examples 2017/05/12.

Transcription Guidelines for Captioning – AST

3 Play Media – Quick Start to Captioning 

W3C – WAI – [Draft] Production options for audio descriptions 2017/05/12

FCC – Captioning of Internet Video Programming


Rev- 10/17/18 – Photo credit: Image at the top of the Closed Caption logo is licensed through Creative Commons by Wikipedia Commons. The picture of the presenter was unavoidable.