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What is Kanopy's position on "accessibility"?

Kanopy is fully committed to making our own websites usable by all people, whatever their abilities or disabilities, and meeting ADA and other compliance standards. Our filmmakers share important stories and messages in their films and our mission is to broadcast these as broadly as possible. There are some important aspects to our accessibility commitments:

Kanopy’s Video Player

Kanopy's video players are fully accessible for vision and hearing impaired users. We continue to improve the accessibility of the player and recently launched a new generation player that offers an even smoother and more user-friendly experience when played using screen reader technologies like JAWS.

Kanopy's player has been tested in a number of leading Disability Institutes and colleges around the World. In a comprehensive 24-page report in 2015 entitled "Media Infrastructure Closed Captioning Research & Evaluation", the Ontario Colleges Library Service in reviewing all video streaming options selected Kanopy as the sole provider of hosted streaming for the colleges, acknowledging that "upon evaluation, Kanopy’s streamed media platform satisfactorily meets closed captioning best practices and the Information and Communications Standard of the AODA." 

Specific Kanopy Tools for Hearing and Visual Impaired Users

  • For information on our tools for hearing impaired users such as captions, transcripts and user disability controls - please refer to the article on this here.
  • For more information on our tools and features for visually impaired users - please refer to the article here.

Assistive Technologies

We have developed our own website to be usable without third party applications, but you may find you will increase the accessibility by customizing your computer to your needs either through installing assistive technologies, using browser or operating system accessibility features, or accessibility tools provided on the websites itself.

Voluntary Product Assessment Template (VPAT)

Kanopy has also provided an online VPAT statement that you can download here. 

Improvements & Feedback

We are constantly reviewing and improving our solution and welcome your feedback or suggestions. Please contact us with any suggestions. You may also find this website useful in defining your feedback.

We will continue to keep this page updated as we continue to enhance our technologies.

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