Video player accessibility

Handouts Media

Presented at 2:15pm in WB II on Thursday, November 16, 2017.



  • 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, compared to results found in 2015 and 2016.


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. Dependent on 2017 testing (to be conducted in October)
  3. Dependent on 2017 testing (to be conducted in October)

Disability Areas

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

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Administrative/Campus Policy, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.