[Athen] Question about Chafee Amendment and Captioning

Emma Steincross ecsteincross111 at stkate.edu
Mon Feb 10 14:50:49 PST 2020


Our institution has some faculty, staff, and students who utilize ASL
Interpreting and captioning for videos. Our Interpreter Coordinator said
that her contact in Academic Technology has told her, the interpreters, and
the faculty that videos he captions can only be made available to the
specific student with a disability who requires them, that these "captioned
videos can't be shown in-class because of the Chafee Amendment".

This has caused some confusion for our office and our UDL mindset. Why
would an accessible version of a video be limited to only one student,
instead of the faculty member being able to use this version for all
students? Can faculty members not request captioned versions of videos to
show their classes in-general? What if there were students in that class
with disabilities who have either not yet registered with our office, or
students for whom English is not their first language, who would also
benefit for captions? What if this student with a disability doesn't have a
laptop, so they can't view the captioned version anyway because it won't be
shown in class?

Sorry for the somewhat-hypothetical, but still relevant, questions. I just
haven't come across this before and don't know enough about the background
or this amendment to be able to have helpful contributions. Any help is
much appreciated!


Emma Steincross, M.A.
Access Consultant, Disability Resources
O'Neill Center | St. Catherine University
Phone: 651-690-6706
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