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AVON (Academic Video Online): Accessibility

Access thousands of high quality academic, technical and archival streaming videos 24/7 on or off campus.


  1. To view the transcript, go to the details page for any film
  2. Click on Play
  3. Then on Transcript. The transcript is to the right of the screen.
To translate the transcript
  1. Follow the steps above. 
  2. Then click on the translation icon in the transcript menu

Translation Tools

The Alexander Street Video Platform,, can now be translated into Simplified Chinese or Spanish on-demand. Click the relevant PDF below for instructions on how to enable translations.

This video demonstrates how to translate the platform menus as well as the transcripts and captions of any video into other languages. Duration: 42 seconds

Closed Captions

  1. Begin playing the film you are interested in
  2. Click on the CC icon at the bottom right of the page
  3. Then click on "English". Or you can select Automatic Translation to translate to another language.

Audio Described Video

Audio-Described Video has added narration to a video that describes on-screen images for the benefit of those with visual impairments. ProQuest has already added audio descriptions to its most popular titles and will continue to add more upon request by a library at no charge. This is available for Academic Video Online and ProQuest One Academic.

Each audio-described video has a separate non-audio-described version as well.

To find videos in Academic Video Online with audio descriptions, use the following search phrase:
with audio description

If a student needs an accommodation for a particular assigned video, please email We will contact AVON to have an audio described version of the video created and added to Academic Video Online. They strive to complete all requests within 2-3 weeks.