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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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Posted by: arana on Wed Nov 29, 2023 at 1:09 a.m.

This is a wonderful resource for podcast creators to use or be referred to in order to make their podcast more inclusive. It does a great job of describing the issues with podcast accessibility especially for deaf/ hard of hearing individuals and detailing the steps one can take to make a podcast more accessible. Podcasts are an ever growing media for learning and entertainment and should be able to be enjoyed by all.

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Posted by: natalieolsen on Thu Apr 18, 2024 at 2:08 p.m.

Podcasts have rapidly grown in popularity throughout the past several years, so this is a relevant and helpful source. Not only can this be used by podcast content creators, but it can also be used by podcast listeners so they know what to look for with accessible podcasts. Great tool!

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