Video player accessibility

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in WB I on Thursday November, 17.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


AccessibilityOz has tested the accessibility compliance of a number of different video players and presents the results.


Harvard and MIT have been sued by the National Association for the Deaf (supported by the Department of Justice) for lack of accurate closed captioning on their videos. However, the case also involves the inaccessibility of the video players. In our testing, we found only two accessible video players, and neither of them were the large commercial players that most organizations use. Gian Wild talks about what makes a video player accessible, with examples.


  1. No video player is fully accessible
  2. Major accessibility issues with YouTube
  3. What the most accessible video players are

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian Wild is the CEO of AccessibilityOz. She has worked in accessibility industry since 1998. Her major achievements include: the very first Australian accessible web site; the accessibility compliance of the Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; her six years’ active membership in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group; and her speech on the importance of web accessibility at the United Nations Conference of State Parties in June last year. Gian has spoken at conferences in Australia, US, Canada, South America and Europe.



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