Making sure videos are accessible (formally Video player accessibility)


Presented at 10:30am in Colorado G-H on Friday, November 18, 2022.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

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


It’s not just videos that need to be made accessible: video players need to be accessible too! Gian Wild covers the common accessibility issues in thirty-seven different video players and presents the results of the fifth iteration of testing video player accessibility. By the end of the session you will know which video players are truly accessible and how to test your own video players for accessibility compliance.


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. AccessibilityOz has been testing the accessibility of video players for the past eight years, including testing on mobile devices, mobile devices with a keyboard, different screen readers and a variety of operating systems and browsers. Gian explains the importance of video – especially to people with disabilities and some of the major accessibility violations seen in popular video players – including keyboard traps, auto-play, inability to pause and reverse keyboard traps.


  1. There are not many video players that are accessible
  2. There are many reasons why video players are not accessible
  3. Inaccessible video players cause significant barriers for people with disabilities

Disability Areas

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

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Assistive Technology, Captioning/Transcription, Other, 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.


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