On subsequent pages, we’ve outlined the basic rules and requirements for captioning. We aren’t lawyers and advise all video creators to check with their legal adviser on all issues.
VITAC has worked with caption viewers and advocates for 28 years, and though not all video must be captioned by law, we do think everything should be captioned, if only for the benefits captions provide for all viewers.
Over 50 million people benefit from closed captioning:
Everyone Else: We’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t fit the above categories, but hasn’t experienced the benefits of closed captions, in very quiet or very noisy environments. Just as curb cuts in sidewalks mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act benefit more than persons with disabilities, captions benefit more than those people who cannot hear.