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ReelAbilities Stream is created with accessibility in mind, designed to accommodate the needs of users with various disabilities. All films include captions and audio description.
If any aspect of the site isn’t accessible to you, please email detailing the issue you are encountering and we will do our best to fix it.

Film captions are visual on-screen titles intended for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. As opposed to subtitles, displaying on screen titling of the dialogue in the film, captions provide on-screen description of all plot pertinent sounds and audio included in the film (both dialog and non-dialog sound), noting when music is played or a background sound is heard.

The difference between open captions to closed captions is:

  • Open captions are placed permanently onto the picture and display on screen without having to configure any preferences in the player.
  • Closed captioning can be turned on or off depending on the need. Closed captioning is a more familiar term when it comes to dialogue of a show or movie appearing on a television screen.


Audio description (also “video Description”) refers to an additional narration audio track for people who are blind or have low vision who are consumers of visual media (including television and film, theater, dance, opera, and visual art). It is an added audio layer on the existing main audio of the film, and consists of a narrator talking through the presentation, describing what is happening on the screen or stage during the natural pauses in the audio, and sometimes during dialogue if deemed necessary.

If a film’s original language is other than English, the audio description will also include the narrator speaking over the character’s original foreign language dialogue with the English translation. 

On the corner of your screen, you will see the Accessibility Menu widget. Clicking on it, or pressing CTRL+U,  will open up the accessibility menu. This menu allows you to adjust the website to your accessibility needs, including: contrast, highlight links, bigger text, text spacing, pause animation, dyslexia friendly, cursor control, tooltips, line height, and text align.

Click here for a description of each accessibility menu item.