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Deaf and Hard of Hearing & COVID Resources


The following resources are offered for consideration during the time of remote instruction due to COVID-19. This list does not comprehensively cover all possible resources. The listed resources are provided for information only. The Colorado Department of Education does not endorse, represent, or warrant the accuracy or reliability of any of the information, content, services, or other materials provided by these educational service providers. Any reliance upon any information, content, materials, products, services, or vendors included on or found through this listing shall be at the discretion of the user.

National Resources on Accessibility 

Captioning & Transcriptions

Information About Captioning & Transcriptions

Applications & Tools for Captioning

  • Google Hangouts MEET - is Google's paid video conferencing software, provided as part of G Suite. Google Hangouts MEET allows for live captioning using voice recognition software. Instructions for how to turn on live captions in “Meet” can be found here
  • Google Live Transcribe - An accessibility app designed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Live Transcribe must be downloaded as an app on your Android phone or other Chrome device.  It can recognize over 70 languages and dialects.  
  • Google Slides - Google Slides offers an automatic captioning feature. Google Slides can work with Google Classroom.
  • Meastra - Maestra's live captioning tool is completely free for everyone.
  • Otter - Otter is an app or web based service (  can caption things it hears in the environment. Otter can “listen” to & transcribe a live-stream or video of a teacher's lesson. Download the free app to your phone and place the phone where it can "hear" the laptop/Chromebook/ipad, etc. 
  • 4-6, 6-8, High School, Transition (15yr-21yr)
  • PowerPoint Real-Time Captioning - If the teacher is using PowerPoint for an on-line lesson, he/she can talk through their lesson while using PowerPoint and the computer will caption it live.
  • Rev - is a for pay service providing accurate captions, transcription and foreign subtitling, offering a 24 hour turn-around time. 
  • Captions = $1.25/minute
  • Transcriptions = $1.25/minute
  • Foreign Subtitling = $3.00-$7.00/minute
  • Verbit’s Integration with Zoom:   Verbit has released a new integration with Zoom to provide embedded transcription within the Zoom application. This integration allows Verbit’s clients to seamlessly have their videos captioned and transcribed in real-time. This is a transcription service that is not intended for live captioning. Must have a Verbit account.  
  • YouTube - YouTube's automatic captions have improved greatly over the years!  Teachers can make private channels to share their content with only those who should have access.  Automatic captions are available for content in some other languages (such as Spanish, French, German, Russian, and a few more), but live-steaming captions are only available in English.  Incorrect captions can be corrected by the video owner.
  • Zoom Closed Captioning - Zoom does not Close Captions meetings independently.  When using Zoom, you must assign a typist to type the captions for your meeting.  The captioner can either be the host, an assigned person to type or you can embed captions from a CART service provider.


  • An Interpreter’s Guide to Zoom - This is a document put together by Brittany Arnold and Sean Foley. Its intended purpose is to provide information for interpreters who are using Zoom for the first time, and to promote accessibility.  This information is based off (limited) experiences that seem effective. For more specific information, please contact Zoom Help Services directly.

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For more information about services for students who are hearing impaired, please contact:

Shauna Moden, Deaf Education Specialist
Phone: 720-413-0179
Email Shauna Moden

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