Website Accessibility in the Hot Seat

by: David Titmus

Website accessibility has become a hot topic in the judicial system as more courts are ruling that websites are places of public accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Store websites are common for retailers these days, and businesses need to ensure their online presence is just as accessible as … Read More

The New Year Brings New Captioning Regulations


by Johnathan Moore The new year has brought a couple new accessibility regulations, with a third coming to pass this July. The most recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate is the January 1, 2017 benchmark for captioning IP-delivered montage clips. Next, live and near-live clips need captions starting July 1, … Read More

FCC Delays Ruling on Audio Description Expansion


The FCC most likely won’t act upon any rulings Post-Election Many blind and individuals with low-vision are frustrated after an item regarding audio description expansion (referred to as video description by the FCC) was deleted from the FCC’s November 17th open meeting agenda. Audio description is a verbal representation of visual … Read More

FCC Announces Effective Date for Captioning Responsibilities Report and Order


Video Programmer and VPD Caption Responsibilities Take Effect September 22, 2016; Certifications, New Caption Complaint Process to be Announced at Later Date Earlier year, the FCC released a Report and Order clarifying television closed captioning responsibilities in regard to compliance with the FCC Caption Quality Best Practices that went into effect March … Read More

FCC To Possibly Extend Audio Description Rules


FCC Releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Expanding Audio Description Rules Have you heard the buzz about audio description? Audio description offers blind and low-vision audiences the opportunity to enjoy television or film programming. It is a narrative description of onscreen actions, visual cues such as characters and costumes, and text … Read More

FCC Report and Order Clarifies Captioning Responsibilities


When the FCC Caption Quality Best Practices went into effect, there was a bit of confusion as to who would be responsible for ensuring compliance and resolving any closed captioning issues with the new regulations. Was it the captioning company, the video programming distributor, or the video programming owner/producer’s duty? … Read More

VITAC Participates in FCC Hosted PEG Roundtable Discussion


VITAC’s VP of Marketing, Heather York speaking at the FCC’s roundtable event to discuss closed captioning of PEG programming Universities and local governments are increasingly making their PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) programming accessible with closed captions. This type of programming can range anywhere from a locally produced talk or … Read More