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Closed Captioning: Accessibility for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

In accordance with Title II of the ADA, the ODS and Texas State are committed to the provision of auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing.  For individuals with hearing impairments, auxiliary aids and services includes closed captioning.  Closed captioning provides individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing access to the audio portion of multimedia.  This is generally the most effective accommodation available to students.  If you plan to show media in your class, discuss closed captioning accommodations with the student at the beginning of the semester.  However, in the event closed captioning is not available, the university will make every effort to provide an equally effective opportunity for participation.

Commercially Produced Multimedia and Closed Captioning

The media you are showing may or may not be closed captioned.  Check the video sleeve or DVD case for closed captions or subtitles.

Videos Copied from Television

If you have any questions regarding availability or functioning of closed caption services, contact Instructional Technologies Support at for assistance.

Videos without Captions

If the multimedia you plan to show is not closed captioned, inform the student as soon as possible.  This will allow them time to consider the options available for accessing the media which may include services provided by the interpreter and/or captionist.  In addition, feel free to contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator.

Additional Information

The student who is deaf or hard of hearing is often a good resource to determine the capability of the equipment you are using.  If you have additional questions or concerns regarding accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing at Texas State, please feel free to contact the ODS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator.

Office of Disability Services
Texas State University
601 University Drive
Suite 5-5.1 LBJ Student Center
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512.245.3451; Fax: 512.245.3452