Closed captioning is necessary for educational videos to allow everyone an equal opportunity to further their careers and advance their education. Institutions, universities, and colleges in New York City must all comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and provide access to closed captioning for their lectures, lessons, and educational videos.

Closed Captioning Allows Everyone the Opportunity to Learn

Those who are hearing impaired should never be denied the same access to an education and educational materials that everyone else has. Providing closed captioning for the hearing impaired affords them the opportunity to follow along with a lesson and learn the relevant material at the same pace as their peers.

With the increasing number of classes that are offered chiefly online, and with the advent of primary course materials often being distributed online instead of in the classroom, it’s even more important that all students have the same access to these educational materials.

Approximately One-Fifth of Americans Are Hearing Impaired

Denying access to closed captioning in education would be taking away the rights of approximately 48 million Americans who are hearing impaired. Hearing impaired students would have trouble following along with a lecture or educational video in a classroom without the aid of closed captioning.

More and more teachers are now directing students to the internet to watch videos that provide information necessary for students to complete their coursework and succeed in the class. These educational videos must be closed captioned to allow those who are hearing impaired the ability to understand them.

Non-Compliance Is Discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, states that higher education institutions are required to provide access to educational materials for students with disabilities, using a format that reasonably accommodates the disability.

This includes services such as wheelchair ramps, important signs printed in braille, and closed captioning or transcripts of lectures and educational videos. Not complying with the ADA renders a school discriminatory, and can make the school vulnerable to a federal lawsuit.