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.

Please Note

For information about supporting students with hearing disabilities, please contact Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

How to Find 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.

If you need help searching for captioned media, contact the Library for assistance.

Look for captioned versions 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 need help searching for captioned media, contact the Library for assistance.

Create and Caption Your Own Videos

The Online Education Center can help with this.

Copyright and Fair Use

When using video materials in the classroom, always be attentive to copyright and "fair use" issues.

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