Captions and Visual Learning: How the Right Image and the Right Text Can Make the Difference

by: David Titmus

Humans are visual creatures. Our brains are made for visual processing, with studies showing that approximately 65 percent of people are “visual learners” (though some have estimated that number could be even higher, depending on a study’s methodology and learning styles). People remember 80 percent of what they see and … Read More

VITAC Proves its “Medal” in Captioning This Year’s Winter Olympic Games

by: David Titmus

PyeongChang’s closing ceremony, much like the opening ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, was quite the spectacle, featuring elaborately choreographed routines that brought together music, dance, art, and culture. And while Sunday’s closing ceremony capped off exciting competition, emotional highs and lows, and Olympic-sized hopes and dreams, it also … Read More

The ‘ADA Education and Reform Act’ and its Impact on Americans with Disabilities

by: David Titmus

A number of disability rights and advocacy groups, including the Hearing Loss Association of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, are voicing their concern over a bill they say would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Education and Reform … Read More

Bringing Sounds to Life: Making Sound Effects (and BB-8) Accessible to All

by: David Titmus

What’s the best way to describe a sound to someone? How would you capture, in words, the sound of an explosion as a thief blows up a bank vault, the thud of doors slamming as the robber runs out of the building, or the screech of a getaway car’s tires … Read More

NBC Olympics Selects VITAC Closed Captioning Services for its Production of 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang

by: David Titmus

VITAC Enables NBC Olympics to Provide Closed Captions During its Coverage of 2018 PyeongChang Games STAMFORD, CONN. – NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected VITAC Corporation to provide closed captioning services for its production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, which take place in PyeongChang, … Read More

An Olympic Effort

by: David Titmus

VITAC Working Around-the-Clock to Caption This Month’s Winter Games After traveling more than 1,200 miles by plane, train, sailboat, bicycle, cable car, and robot (yes, robot!) over the past 100 days, the Olympic torch will arrive in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, South Korea, this week to officially start the XXIII Olympic … Read More

Game On!

by: David Titmus

VITAC Provides Captions for the Largest Sporting Events of the New Year The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will take the field in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday (February 4) for Super Bowl LII on NBC. The Super Bowl traditionally is among the most-viewed television broadcasts … Read More

FCC Grants Final Waiver on Accessibility Rules for Video Game Software

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended a waiver that temporarily makes video games exempt from the accessibility requirements set forth in the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau OK’d the extension at the request of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). … Read More

Canada Eyeing Nationwide Accessibility Legislation

by: David Titmus

Canada is expected to forge ahead this year on long-sought legislation designed to increase accessibility nationwide. The Canadian federal government is expected to introduce a bill before the House of Commons this spring that would remove barriers in federally regulated sectors such as banking, transportation, telecommunications, and government-run services. Though … Read More

Long-awaited Section 508 ‘Refresh’ to Take Effect Next Week

by: David Titmus

An update to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act that officially goes into effect next week (January 18) will revise and refresh the federal sector’s standards for accessible electronic and information technology in order to keep the act current with modern technologies. The update will, among other things, revise the … Read More