Adding closed-captions to videotapes

clewis@american.edu
Tue, 5 Sep 2000 08:55:17 -0700 (PDT)

We have a deaf student who would like to be able to watch three videotapes
that we have that are not closed-captioned. I know that the Americans with
Disabilities Act requires that organizations make a reasonable
accommodation to insure that individuals with disabilities are treated
equally. The organization is only protected when an accommodation would
cause an undue burden (financial or otherwise). Up till now we have not
made any effort to add after-market closed-captions and I can't see how we
would go about it without permission of the copyright holder. But it is
possible to add captions to a tape and assuming a copyright holder granted
permission and the cost wasn't enormous, I feel that the law requires us to
make this kind of accommodation. Has anyone else had to address this yet?

Chris Lewis
American U