“Both ADA and Section 504 are civil rights statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, obligate colleges and universities to make certain adjustments and accommodations, and offer to persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all institutional programs and activities. Texas Tech University adheres to these regulations and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.”
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (TTU OP 10.08)
"Professors, students, and IT administrators share the benefits of using captions for videos used in postsecondary education. Beyond what captions provide for students, staff, and faculty who are deaf or hard of hearing, captions benefit students for whom English is not their primary language and supports video search and interactive transcripts. Captions are also a useful tool for people watching video in noisy environments, or quiet ones" (DO-IT Center).
Captioning is a visual representation of the audio portion of videotape material that enables deaf learners to have full access to materials used in the classroom.
According to federal, state, and university guidelines all materials presented in the classroom must be in an accessible format. For Deaf and hard of hearing students to have equal access, all class-related materials (specifically, PowerPoint voice-overs, online courses, audio recordings) must be closed captioned, subtitled or transcribed. Videos, movies, and internet clips must be captioned or subtitled as a transcription is not sufficient. This applies to both on-campus and online courses.
If you have materials that are not compliant with this ADA mandate, please seek support from your immediate supervisor, the Dean of the College, and/or the TTU Accessibility Compliance Team. Student Disability Services’ goal is to assist by providing you with information that will help you be more effective in your classroom, as well as helping you maintain compliance with federal, state, and university disability guidelines.
Want to learn more about Remote Communication Access Realtime Translation (RCART) services? Check out our page on Realtime Captioning.