Three Reasons for Captioning Corporate Training Videos

by: David Titmus

Corporate training videos are useful tools when new employees join a company and go through their initial group orientation. And when hiring individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, captioning those training videos provides all employees with total access to the material. Too Much Information to Remember New hires often … Read More

Section 508 Compliance “Refresh” to Take Effect in January

by: David Titmus

A long-awaited update to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act will bring accessibility requirements up to speed with modern technology, revise the standards that communication and information technology must meet when purchased or developed by the federal government, and bring federal requirements more closely in line with Web Content Accessibility … Read More

The Human Art of Captioning

by: David Titmus

For some, closed captions are simply those words that flow across the bottom of televisions that describe the on-screen dialogue and action. But for nearly 50 million Americans in the deaf and hard of hearing community, captions are so much more — they are an important connection to a world … Read More

Video and SEO: How Captioning Enhances Your Message and Expands Your Reach

by: David Titmus

Video has fast become the king of online content, with studies showing that video accounts for more than 70 percent of all web traffic, with 55 percent of people watching online each day. YouTube now stands as the second largest search engine after Google, attracting more viewers ages 18-34 than … Read More

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

Expanded Audio Description on TV Programs: Coming Soon!

by: David Titmus

Many TV fans who are blind or have low vision rely on audio description to experience television programming. In the same way captions provide a visual way to experience sound, audio description provides an audio means to experience video. It is a narrative description of onscreen actions, visual cues, and … Read More

When Disaster Strikes Information Access is Critical for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

by: David Titmus

Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on communities in Texas leaving many without access to news updates and local programming. Specifically, those in the deaf and hard of hearing community were left in the dark when Houston television station KHOU lost its broadcast facility due to flooding — causing major equipment damage … Read More

Good Vibrations: A New Wireless Suit Enables Music Fans to “Feel” Their Favorite Tunes

by: David Titmus

A new vibrations suit is helping members of the deaf and hard of hearing community experience and enjoy live music in a brand new way. The suit, which includes a vest and wrist and ankle bands, translates sounds into vibrations and enables the wearer to “feel” their favorite tunes across … Read More

Captioning in the Classroom

by: David Titmus

VITAC provides accessible solutions at all levels of education Students across the country face many challenges throughout the school year, with many juggling sports, family life, extracurricular activities, academic studies, testing, jobs, and more. But for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, there often are additional challenges that … Read More