Re: Adding closed-captions to videotapes

Charles Timberlake (
Tue, 5 Sep 2000 09:09:02 -0700 (PDT)

Does the law require this? Wouldn't supplying an interpreters, as needed,
fulfill legal requirements and be a lot less expensive in the long run?

On Tue, 5 Sep 2000 wrote:

> 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