Here's how to add captions to your Instagram Stories to make them more accessible
Social media can be a fun and informative way to stay up-to-date with friends, co-workers, celebrities, and politicians. But it's important to remember that the photos and videos you share aren't always accessible to everyone.
Over the years, teams working for platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have taken steps to help make the sites more inclusive for people with disabilities. Facial recognition technology has been introduced, alt-text tools that work with screen readers have been added, and custom alternative text features allow users to describe their photos in greater detail. Progress has undoubtedly been made, but there's still a long way to go before the apps reach full accessibility.
Instagram's Stories, for example, don't come with closed captioning, which presents a challenge for the 466 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing. But while Instagram itself has yet to provide in-app Story captioning, third party apps exist that can help you transcribe your videos and add captions at the bottom of the screen.
Clipomatic is one of the many video editors that can help you add text. Available for $4.99 in the App Store, Clipomatic lets users record captions using speech recognition, so words instantly appear as you're saying them. And if your speech gets translated incorrectly, you also have the option to manually edit the text.
The app currently has the capability to caption videos in 40 languages, and it also provides fun filters and caption styles, so you can give your videos a more personalized feel.
Social media savvy Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, started using Clipomatic to caption her Instagram Stories after she was elected, and revealed on Twitter that she's since received "a huge positive reaction."
Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco, who recently, tweeted about his frustration with United Airlines after the televisions on his five-hour flight didn't offer closed captioning, thanked Ocasio-Cortez for making her posts more inclusive and giving him the opportunity to follow her time in Congress.
DiMarco's tweets to United also inspired activist and actress Jameela Jamil to add captions to her powerful "I Weigh" video interview with Sam Smith.
Social media companies have a responsibility to make their platforms available to everyone, but while we're waiting for them to step up and update their apps we can take it upon ourselves to make our own posts more accessible.
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March 29, 2019 at 03:32PM