California community colleges have a legal responsibility to provide equal access to video resources for students, faculty and staff who are deaf or hard of hearing. This is often most easily accomplished through closed captioning of video resources. If you are unfamiliar with the captioning process, you might wish to begin by exploring the definition of some common terms. This list of terms is provided by the National Captioning Institute.
Captioning Services for the California Community Colleges
The DECT resource (Distance Education Captioning & Transcription) is designed to assist California Community Colleges with the expense of real-time captioning for distance education courses. Visit the Distance Education Captioning & Transcribing page for more information about applying for and receiving services.
Background Captioning Information
Providers of Captioning Hardware/Software
The following vendors provide encoders, captioning software, decoders and other technologies used for producing real-time and off-line captioning. We will continue adding to this list as more vendors are identified.
Providers of Captioning Services
The following vendors provide captioning services. Rates will vary depending upon:
Some of these providers have established a business relationship with the Community Colleges Foundation and offer discounts to California community colleges. Please remember to inquire of these vendors if such a discount is available. We will continue adding to this list as more vendors are identified.
Sample Permissions Letters
Video resources from third party providers are generally copyright protected. You will need a formal letter of permission in order to add close captioning to such video resources. Listed below are sample form letters requesting permission to captioning video.