In order to improve classroom accessibility and to help ACC avoid costly litigation, please ensure your instructional media is closed captioned. Captioning of all instructional media is not only a legal requirement, but is especially important if you:

  • Have deaf or hard of hearing students in your section (media must be captioned)
  • Show media during your classes
  • Post media online for your students
  • Would like to improve your students’ learning retention
  • Would like to improve usability and accessibility in your recorded or on-line lectures

What is Closed Captioning for media?

Closed captioning of media is the written display of a media’s audio file. This includes the written display of spoken words, sound effects, and speaker identification in a readable format.

Why are we requesting that you caption your instructional media?

The ADA, as amended and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended require that all electronic and media content be accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities. Therefore, all of ACC’s programs, services and classroom instruction must be accessible to every student in your course. Captioning of audio/visual media is an effective method to meet accessibility requirements for instructional media.

What about copyright?

Before captioning, our Media Captioning Editor will assist in securing permission to caption media made by external content providers.

To request that your media be closed captioned, please go to and fill out the Media Captioning Request Form Our Media Captioning Editor, will work with you to make your media accessible to all of your students!

Thank you for helping us make ACC a fully accessible experience for all students, faculty and staff.

For questions and comments regarding the message below, please contact Ginger Bennett at or Steve Christopher at