Something to Think About...
Many developers don't think about individuals who are deaf when they think of web accessibility. For too many developers, web accessibility consists of adhering to a few guidelines that ensure accessibility to screen readers for the blind. On one level, this is understandable. People who are blind will have the most trouble, since the web is a visual medium... or is it?
The web is information. That information can be presented visually or audibly. It can be presented in graphics, video, audio, animation, or in text. Our most common experience with web content is what we view through the portal of our web browser, which generally consists of text and graphics, but the web increasingly consists of video and multimedia content. Take a look at the homepage of most popular news sites and you'll find numerous video clips.
The techniques for providing accessibility for users with disabilities are very straightforward - provide captions and transcripts for multimedia content (meaning video content that also has audio) and provide transcripts for audio-only content.
Curtis Radford shares his perspective on Deafness and web accessibility.