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Proposal No: 2707

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  • Terrill Thompson, Manager, IT Accessibility Team, University of Washington
  • Ken Petri, Director, Web Accessibility Center, The Ohio State University

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Length of Session (in hours): 5-6 hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Pre-Conference

Summary of Session

This session will explore video accessibility through hands-on exercises and discussion. Participants will create captions and descriptions using free tools and will assemble them for playback in browsers and stand-alone players. Participants will also explore various models for setting up and funding an institutional captioning program.


This session will be organized into three parts: First, participants will learn about the problems associated with video, including accessibility issues for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people who are blind or low vision, people who are unable to operate a mouse, and people with cognitive or neurological disabilities. This section will be interactive lecture format and will include discussion of video-related requirements within WCAG 2.0. Second, participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to help them understand captioning, audio description, and media player accessibility. Participants will create captions and audio description for a short video, and will put all the pieces together for use in stand-alone video players, such as iTunes and VLC, and in Able Player, an accessible, free and open source media player. Third, participants will discuss strategies, workflows, and funding models for captioning video on their campuses.


  1. How to caption a video using free online tools.
  2. How to setup a video that includes captions, audio description, and sign language using Able Player.
  3. Various models for setting up and funding an institutional captioning program.

Speaker Bio(s)

Terrill Thompson

Terrill Thompson is manager of the IT Accessibility Team at the University of Washington.

Ken Petri

Ken Petri is the Director of The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center. He consults within the university to help ensure accessible development and purchasing. He also maintains the university’s Minimum Web Accessibility Standards. Currently he is working to establish unit-level accessibility plans for university organizations and departments and is writing trainings and working on software to help the university comply with its Standards and Web Accessibility Policy. Ken presents regularly at higher education conferences and has consulted on IT accessibility in postsecondary and private sectors.