Real-time captioning provides an instant translation of spoken English into written English text that is displayed on a laptop monitor, tablet, or cell phone. This allows the student to read what is being said during a class session; both lecture and discussion. A captionist can also perform remotely by receiving an audio signal from the room and relaying the captioned text back to the student’s mobile device.

Real-time captioning services are scheduled by Disability Services upon request from the student approved for the accommodation. A student with a real-time captioning accommodation will first submit the ASL and Captioning Request to Disability Services in order to initiate a request. Disability Services will then follow up with the student regarding their request. If a student submits a request directly to an instructor of the course, the instructor should forward the request to with the student’s name and contact information.

The captioning service provider attending the class (remotely or in-person) may need to work directly with the instructor and Disability Services to gain access to the course materials and become familiar with course content. All assignments and course-related information will be kept confidential. Disability Services covers the cost of real-time captioning services for students approved for the accommodation.

Real Time Captioning Services Faculty FAQ

Communications and Interpreting Services

Real-time captioning is part of CU Boulder Disability Service's Communications and Interpreting Services. For more information on how these services work as well as the Student Agreement and Cancellation Policy, please click the link below.

Communications and Interpreting Services