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Accessible Materials

This guide is intended to assist MSU Libraries staff to create videos, handouts, webpages and other materials which are accessible to people with disabilities.

Top Tips for Accessible Videos


Video captions allow users to access the full content of your video. This benefits:

  • Deaf and hard of hearing users
  • Users without access to speakers or in loud spaces
  • English Language Learners


Create your video from a transcript

  • write out everything you are going to say before you create the video 
  • Can be used for adding captions to the video 
  • Your transcript can accompany the video, as a separate file. A text transcript will enable people who use screen readers to access the content. You can make your transcript even more accessible by describing the visual elements. Additional benefits: your transcript is searchable

Caption your video

  • Current accessibility standards require captioned videos
  • Camtasia and other video creation software include built-in captioning features, or you can create them online using MSU MediaSpace or YouTube (further directions below under Resources for Accessible Videos)
  • For MSU MediaSpace-specific directions, see the MediaSpace tab of this guide

Resources for Accessible Videos

Example Video

Captioned video hosted through MSU Mediaspace:

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