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Closed Captioned Media

Closed Captioning SymbolRyerson University is committed to ensuring its media collection is accessible to patrons who require captioning. Please view our Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities Policy.

We encourage faculty and staff to select media that is captioned for events and classroom learning.

Find Captioned Videos in the Library’s Collection:

You can search for videos through our website.

When Searching, you can use the words “Closed Captioned” in your search.

For example: Social Work and “Closed Captioned”

Find Videos Using Search Everything Below:


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Accessible features such as closed caption will be listed on the item record under Language (here’s an example).

If you are unsure whether the DVD/video is captioned please contact Kelly Dermody (

We’re happy to help you find an accessible video for your students or for your event. Please feel free to contact us.


Captioned Videos

The Library will arrange closed-captioning for videos in our own collection. Please contact Kelly Dermody (

If the video is not in our collection but you are using it for classroom purposes, please contact us. We can create a script for the video to ensure it is accessible.

*Having a video professionally captioned can take 2-5 weeks, please keep this in mind if you require us to caption a video.


Self-Created Videos

** If this is a video you have created yourself, we can explain the cost and process of captioning and refer you to the DMP.

Please contact Kelly Dermody (Accessibility and E-Learning Librarian) at ext 3093 or at

If you would like to caption your own video. See our guide below on How to Caption.


Accommodating Students in your Classroom. students sitting in a large lecture classroom

If you have a student in your course who requires captioned media, please contact us as soon as possible. We will work with everyone involved (student, instructor and Academic Accommodation Support) to ensure access to course materials.

Steps Involved for Ordering Captioning:

1. Please contact us as early as possible:
Kelly Dermody (

2. Copyright = Time delay!
Before the captioning process can take place, the library must receive permission from the media’s producer. This first step can take 1-3 weeks (allow up to 5 weeks for media to be captioned.)

3. What Can Speed up the Process:
If you have a transcript of the speech in the video the process will be quicker. The library will send a copy of the video and the transcript to the captioning producer.

4. Backup Plans:
Due to the long timelines, faculty/staff should consult with either the Accessibility Services Librarian ( about alternatives such as using a similar video that is captioned or Academic Accommodation Support  about negotiating an alternative classroom accommodation.

Showing a Video in your Classroom (Remember to Book)

Faculty/staff must book the video for classroom viewing by filling out the on-line AV booking form or by email at:

How can I caption my Own Video?

1. You must own your video or have permission to caption.  Captioning is governed by Canadian Copyright Law.

2. Write up a transcript:

* If you have not made your video yet, consider writing up your script first – this will make captioning easier
** If you already made the video – you’ll have to listen and write.  For time management – a 10 minute video can take 1 hour to transcribe!

3. Use a free online Tool to Add the Captions