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#WeAllHaveAbility – This March, caption a video

March 6, 2020

GUELPH, Ontario – Did you know that hearing loss affects 10% of all Canadians – that’s close to three million people.

According to the Hearing Foundation of Canada, out of the 10% of Canadians who have learning loss, only one in six wear a hearing aid, meaning that more than 80% of hearing-impaired Canadians may have trouble following conversation.

Adding closed captions to videos makes programing accessible for many people. Did you know that in Canada, closed captioning buttons were added to most television remotes that were manufactured after July 1993? Or that when it comes to closed captioning, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) requires most broadcasters to caption 100% of their programs between 6:00 a.m. and midnight?

To learn more about closed captioning, visit the CRTC website.

Accessibility Challenge:

Last month, we challenged students and staff to get creative by making a described video. This month, we are challenging students and staff to create a closed captioned video.

Take a short movie or TV clip from a legally obtained source and insert closed captioning to help those in our community who are hearing impaired.

If you cannot find a clip you want to use, create your own video clip or use the clip you used for the described video challenge.

Send us your new clip or a link to the clip on social media using #WeAllHaveAbility.

The Communications Department has participated in this challenge, check out the closed captioning we added to a segment of the Student Trustee video.

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