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

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

VITAC Offline Captions Halloween Wars


VITAC Gets into the Halloween Spirit Captioning  Sweet Carving and Baking Competition Special Candy, and pumpkins, and cake, oh my! No, we’re not talking about our office Halloween party… we’re talking about captioning one of our favorite spooky, seasonal TV programs, Halloween Wars on the Food Network! Since 2011, five … Read More

Miami University Settles Disability Discrimination Suit


Miami University in Oxford, OH Agrees to Overhaul and Improve Accessibility of Learning and Web Technologies for Students with Disabilities You may remember our post from earlier this year when the Office of Civil Rights reached agreements with 11 educational institutions in seven states and one territory regarding accessibility for … Read More

Another Airline Lacks Captioning


Marlee Matlin Calls out Delta for Lack of Captions for In-Flight Entertainment In early December of last year, America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco was on an American Airlines flight shortly before winning the competition. The in-flight entertainment did not have a closed captioning feature. You may recall our … 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

VITAC’s Realtime Captioners and Coordinators: Golden


As the Olympics Wind Down, We Thank our Realtime Department Our last post focused on VITAC’s preparation for captioning the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, nearly doubling our daily volume across at least seven different NBC Universal-owned networks, five live Multi-Distribution System feeds, and multiple web channels. The games come to an end … Read More