Suggestions Regarding the Use of Audio-Visual Media

The following strategies will help ensure that students who are deaf and hard of hearing have access to audio-visual media, used in the classroom.

  • When showing videos, films, DVDs, streaming digital media, or any audio-visual aid, check to see if captions are provided.
  • Captions may not be on the copy owned by the college, but there may be a captioned version available.
  • If the material covered by media will be included on examinations, the captioned version, a transcript or summary notes should be provided for the student who is deaf and hard-of-hearing to review before an exam.
  • Check to see if all media equipment and computers used in the classroom are capable of displaying captions when using media. The Helpdesk can assist you with this process.
  • Reserve seating in the front row for students who are deaf or hard of hearing when viewing films to allow for ease of reading captions.
  • Check to ensure that the line of sight and lighting supports the reading of captions.
  • The use of interpreters or captionists simultaneously with uncaptioned media may not be the best substitute for access. The lag time between the sound from the source and the interpretation/text provided by the captionist can be confusing.
  • It is impossible for a student to look in two directions at the same time.
  • In the event that interpreting/captioning simultaneously is necessary, the transcript of the audio portion should be available to both the students and the service provider before viewing the material. While this option technically makes the material accessible, it does not provide equal access since the words are not synchronized with the visual action, creating confusion for the viewer.

If you have any further questions about working with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, an interpreter/captionist or would like more information, contact:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Phone: 978-241-7045 (VP/V)