NCAM and Apple Publish "Creating Accessible iTunes U Content"

From Media Access Group at WGBH
The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM) has written guidelines for content providers who would like to create accessible iTunes U media via captions, subtitles and audio descriptions. This guidelines document provides step-by-step documentation on creating fully accessible media, including:
– Closed captions and audio descriptions that the user can turn on or off as needed.
– Open subtitles and descriptions that are available to everyone watching or listening.
– Closed subtitles for adding multiple language tracks to video files.
– Accessible PDFs.
Also included with the guidelines are links to eight video and audio clips that illustrate the various forms of accessible media discussed in the document. Using these guidelines, iTunes U content providers can create content that all people can learn from including people with vision and hearing loss.
To access the Creating Accessible iTunes U Content guidelines document and related media, [see Creating Accessible iTunes U Content on Apple’s iTunes site](
About NCAM and WGBH
The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH is a research, development and advocacy entity that works to make existing and emerging technologies accessible to all audiences. NCAM is part of the Media Access Group at WGBH, which also includes The Caption Center (est. 1972), and Descriptive Video ServiceĀ® (est. 1990). For more information, visit [](
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS’s prime-time lineup, along with some of public television’s best-known lifestyle shows and children’s programs and many public radio favorites. For more information, visit [](

1 comment

    • Deborah on November 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Meryl,
    I was glad to read about the guidelines, but disappointed to find out I can’t access the guidelines on the Apple website. The guidelines are only accessible to computers that have iTunes installed.

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