Online Teaching and Learning

As colleges and schools scramble to move their teaching online in response COVID-19 outbreak, educators need to make instruction and materials accessible not only for deaf and hard-of-hearing students but for all students.

We hope that this list of resources that the community has put together will help you navigate the rapid need to move online during this extraordinary time.

Accessible Online Instruction  

RIT – Accessible Resources

The Online Learning Consortium

National Deaf Center

CASTUniversal Design for Learning in Higher Education

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) University of Washington20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course

National Center on Accessible MaterialsMaking Everyday Curriculum Materials Accessible for All Learners  

Inclusive Communication ServicesAccessible Media Services – Camera Ready Accessible Media Sign Language Translation Services – add Picture-in-Picture sign language to any video and captioning, making it permanently accessible.

Council for Exceptional Children Teaching Remotely to Deaf/HH Students


FAQ: Live Captioning | Interpreters Online | Captioned Media Vendors

Verbit a captioning company, that integrates with zoom meetings and canvas is offering free 15 days of captioning 

CaptionCall – Students can download the APP for CaptionCall and dial into the call line (via the app) for captions.

Microsoft Translator – RIT and Microsoft evaluating the use of automated speech recognition

Transcribing remotely in Zoom, Collaborate/Blackboard, Adobe Connect, or other online platforms

Download CADET and read the installation instructions now!

The National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM) has developed CADET (Caption and Description Editing Tool), partially funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

CADET is free, downloadable caption-authoring software for producing caption files and audio-description scripts.

Using Zoom or other online platforms

RIT Zoom resources

How to Host Effective and Accessible Online Meetings With Deaf Participants

Accessibility Tips for a Better Zoom/Virtual Meeting Experience

Considerations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Using Zoom

Enabling ASL Interpretation in Zoom

Enabling a Captionist in Zoom

Working in Zoom for Interpreters

Working in Zoom for Captionist

Khan Academy