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Accessible Podcasting

Excellent discussion and strategies for making accessible podcasts. "Podcasts are an increasingly popular way to present content on the Web. Because they are audio files, they generally only work for people who can hear. In addition, they are often quite large files, which can present accessibility problems for people with slower connections to the Internet. Podcasts that include video, often referred to as vodcasts, generally have larger file sizes than a podcast of the same duration, so the speed of the user's Internet access is even more crucial." The webpage appears to be home-made.

Peter Batchelor and Jonathan O'Donnell

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Posted by: hannahruth3012 on Sun Nov 22, 2020 at 2:07 p.m.

I think this is a great resource that provides a lot of detail and support for why individuals should try to make podcasts more accessible. Podcasts are gaining more and more popularity now, so I think that creating accessible forms of podcasts and similar media will be crucial for the hearing impaired.

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Posted by: egauger17 on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 11:38 a.m.

I think this resource is great and should be utilized by more individuals in the podcasting community. As a podcast listener, I have seen very few accessible features in the podcasts I listen to, this helps outline ways the podcast creators can make their podcasts more accessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Posted by: ssstaver on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 6:49 p.m.

Being a podcast listener, I notice that there weren't very many accessible features available. I research more about this topic previously just out of curiosity on how a podcast can be more inclusive!

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Posted by: cmpuett on Tue Dec 15, 2020 at 9:11 p.m.

More discussions need to occur on how to make podcasts accessible for all. People who are deaf/ hard of hearing or deafblind should have access to these enjoyable forms of media as well.

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Posted by: ejgrulke on Mon Nov 28, 2022 at 7:46 p.m.

This resource is great for podcast authors. It shows why podcasts aren't very accessible to all people. The only thing that would make this resource better would be suggestions on how to improve the accessibility of podcasts. It does mention adding a visual component, but the author makes it sounds like that would create further problems, rather than fixing them.

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Posted by: isarich4 on Wed Apr 19, 2023 at 2:41 p.m.

This is a very informative and straightforward resource for making podcasts accessible. It provides a description of the problem, the background, possible solutions, and why these are needed. It shows step by step instructions for how to add a script/transcript to make podcasts accessible for people who are deaf or hearing impaired.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability