Here we'll take a closer look at WCAG 2.1 and how Caption.Ed can help.

From September 2020 new guidelines from the WCAG 2.1 came into place for universities. These guidelines indicate that all media, be it live* or pre-recorded must have captions for accessibility purposes. 

“Most higher and further education providers are considered to be in scope for the regulations, due to their dependence on government funding”

Under the Equality Act 2010, education and training providers and other related services have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people so they are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled students.

How can Caption.Ed help?

The guidance sets out the responsibility that is now placed on universities to provide captions for the large volumes of online media they possess. Caption.Ed enables all members of your university to instantly generate best-in-class captions for any media, live or pre-recorded with a click of a button. These captions can be customised by the user to suit their visual needs and can be refined by subject matter to assist accuracy. 

We believe that people should be able to access education, and the world, on a level playing field. Caption.Ed not only assists with accessibility but can also support all users to become independent learners. 

Caption.Ed. also provides a state-of-the-art route to store, re-uses captions across an institution, and allows intelligent and efficient human moderation, which in essence aids every institution striving for 100% accurate captions. 

*(there is a 14-day window in which you need to apply captions between "live" and "pre-recorded" status).