Captioning Guidelines for Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Working with a Captioner in the Classroom and/or Workplace

Set-up and logistics

The first time you use captioning please arrive a few minutes early to discuss equipment set-up with the captioner.

  • Equipment will include a stand and laptop for captioning.
  • Captioner(s) will also set-up a second laptop for you which displays the text via a wireless connection.
  • This second laptop can be placed anywhere - either on a desk, table, or stand.

Helpful C-Print tools

There are supplemental features within the captioning software C-Print. Feel free to ask the captioner to demonstrate the chat pane and notetaking tool.

  • Chat pane – If you prefer your questions or comments to be voiced by the captioner, this can be done via the chat pane.
  • Notetaking tool – This allows you to type in your own notes in the second laptop, which can be saved and given to you following the assignment.

Throughout the semester, communicate with the captioner if you need to change anything regarding the captioning pane. The captioner can change font sizes, styles, and colors.

How to get the transcript from the assignment

You can request a copy of the transcript following the captioning assignment. The transcript can be:

  • E-mailed to you within two business days OR
  • Given to you at the end of the assignment if you provide your own USB flash drive

Understand the captioner’s role

While working, the captioner is a neutral communication facilitator and cannot serve as a participant.

The captioner will follow the C-Print Code of Ethics.

Additional information

If you have any questions about accommodations for testing, notetaking, or FM systems; please contact your Disability Resource Center access consultant at drc@umn.edu.

You can request captioner(s) for one-time meetings outside of regularly scheduled services.

You should advocate for what you need directly with faculty and staff. The person who can best describe what you need is you. This may include asking for the captions to be turned on before a video is shown or asking the captioner to change the font color.

If for some reason you do not feel comfortable speaking directly to your captioner, feel free to contact the ICU (icu@umn.edu).