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Researcher explains requirements and rewards for accessible content creation

Professor Ed Youngblood smiles while recording a podcast

Everyone is a content creator. Whether we are talking about a film maker, a government agency or just a person with a social media account, everyone is creating content. How that content is produced, consumed and what it looks like has changed over the years, but the need to make it accessible has not. 

“The reason we should make content accessible is because it is the ethical thing to do, but in a lot of cases, it is also the legal thing to do,” explains Dr. Ed Youngblood, an accessibility researcher at Auburn University. “It is a lot cheaper to pay to get your content captioned than to have a lawsuit.”

Most people are familiar with closed captions on TV shows but alt-text and audio descriptions are just as important in creating accessible digital content.

Beyond being the right and legal thing to do, accessible content can ultimately be consumed by more people, is more flexible and can be easier to create than you might think. In this episode of the “Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know” podcast, Dr. Ed Youngblood explains why you should create accessible content and how everyone, from the movie creator to a single social media user, can make digital environments more accessible.


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