One way to make the web more accessible

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Photo of YouTube and a computer

Making videos accessible

Spreading accessibility online is a relatively new issue, as the internet itself is relatively new. However, online accessibility is just as important as physical accessibility offline. For our readers who work with online content, here are a few ideas for spreading accessibility. First, according to the article “Why bother with accessibility?” on, when designing accessible online content, consider four main areas of accessibility for people with different types of disabilities – visual, or “easy to read”, auditory, or “easy to hear”, motor, or “easy to interact”, and cognitive, or “easy to understand and focus”. Usually it’s not that difficult to make a website accessible, and depending on your content, there are resources available to help you. One such resource is the automatic captioning available on Youtube. Unfortunately, YouTube’s automatic captioning isn’t always reliable or completely accurate. A comprehensive guide both for turning on automatic captioning and for editing the captioning to be specific to your video can be found at, “Increasing accessibility: captioning on YouTube”  at Legal Services NTAP. Taking the few minutes to turn on automatic captioning or better yet, to edit your video to have more accurate captioning, is a powerful step towards making the online community a more inclusive environment.