Multimedia Accessibility

Multimedia Accessibility for:  Podcasting, Lecture Capture, iTunesU, and other Multimedia Applications

Resources provided here are a combination of resources found within the CSU and various well known multimedia providers. 

"Creating Accessible iTunes U Content" from NCAM & Apple

The National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH has written guidelines for content providers who would like to create accessible iTunes U media via captions, subtitles and audio descriptions. These guidelines provide step-by-step documentation on creating fully accessible media, including:
  • Closed captions and audio descriptions that the user can turn on or off as needed.
  • Open subtitles and descriptions that are available to everyone watching or listening.
  • Closed subtitles for adding multiple language tracks to video files.
  • Accessible PDFs.
Also included with the guidelines are links to eight video and audio clips that illustrate the various forms of accessible media discussed in the document. Using these guidelines, iTunes U content providers can create content that all people can learn from including those with vision and hearing impairments. Download Creating Accessible iTunes U Content from the iTunes U area of the iTunes store. An accessible pdf version is also available, which includes links to the video and audio clips on the iTunes U site.

Automatic Sync Technologies offers a variety of training resources that are very helpful in meeting your captioning needs for:

  • Helpful Videos on Captioning Videotapes and DVD
  • Help with Media Players (QuickTime, Windows Media, Flash, Podcast, and YouTube Captioning)
  • Help with Lecture Capture System

Lecture Capture

This Echo360 webinar provides information about the ATI, the innovative programs at Gallaudet University and an experience of Echo 360 that broadcasts what was originally presented in a Wimba webinar.  Aug. 2008, 1 hour, 5 min.


Flash Video Captioning.  Format HTML.  Created by: CSU Long Beach, 2008.  Contact: Walter Gajewski,


This document focuses on using Dreamweaver to author accessible web sites, and is a compilation of original material and information from several publicly available web sites.  Web sources are identified at the beginning of any section in which they are used.  Created by: Humboldt State University, 2008.


A brand new tutorial to check out if you are interested in Flash accessibility. Knowbility in Austin, TX, and Flash accessibility expert Thea Eaton of Doodledoo have create a very useful tutorial, which is itself built in Flash. The tutorial introduces Flash accessibility topics, and is accessible for screen reader and magnifier users, and includes closed captions for users who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and audio descriptions for blind or low-vision users.

This tutorial was ceated by Adobe and repurposed with their permission for use on this site.  For information, visit the Adobe Website.

Contact: Walter Gajewski, CSU Long Beach,

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