De Anza College is committed to accessibility and equity for all students. The use of captioned video materials is part of that commitment, which is in compliance with Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under that law, the federal government has developed standards to clarify how to ensure that people with disabilities have access to technology.
Students have different learning styles, and in accordance with the principles of universal design, the college strives to provide multiple means for students to learn.
Using captioned video in courses and on-campus events is one way to achieve this. It's also a way of supporting all students – including those with hearing disabilities and those without. Providing textual representation of multimedia material is a way to help students succeed.
For information about supporting students with hearing disabilities, please contact Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.
Ways to Obtain Captioned Media for All Students
Explore existing captioned media to serve your needs
Review the extensive online film databases available through the De Anza College Library. For direct links to the resources, go to the Articles and Video Databases section, and look under "Film and Video" for
Use streaming media that is already captioned (displaying the CC icon at lower right of the frame), including
Remember to review material prior to use, in order to ensure the quality of captioning. There are often multiple versions of a video available, with varying caption quality. Typically the official source version has the best captions.
Find a captioned version of media you already have
Check the following
- Publisher materials
- DVDs available for purchase
- DVDs available through college and local libraries, including the De Anza Library’s Interlibrary Loan service.
If you can't find a captioned version of your existing media
Contact the Library for assistance.
Copyright and Fair Use
When using video materials in the classroom, always be attentive to copyright and "fair use" issues.