Captions are words usually placed at the bottom portion of the screen. They are the "audio" for deaf and hard of hearing people so that they can understand and enjoy the your content the same way as hearing people do. There are different types of captioning, different methods for creating and displaying captions, and different styles of captions.
Types of captioning:
Methods of captioning:
Styles of captions:
For more information on captions, see the Described and Captioned Media Program's (DCMP) Learning Center.
Accessible recordings (video and audio) are helpful for everyone, but can be critical for many people with disabilities. Creating accessible recordings can broaden their reach and usability, and doesn't have to add significant time or cost.
The United State General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP) exists to provide technical assistance to help Federal agencies comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act and provides a wealth of resources to guide those responsible for creating video, audio, and digital content in making it accessible to and usably by individuals with disabilities.