September Celebrates Deaf Awareness, Culture, Language

by: David Titmus

September is Deaf Awareness Month in the United States − a celebration dedicated to increasing public awareness of deaf culture and deaf issues as well as recognizing the heritage and language unique to the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHOH) community. The month encourages everyone to, among other things: Learn about inclusion … Read More

How Captions, Description Help Teachers Enhance the Classroom Experience For All

by: David Titmus

For many teachers across the country, their roles as educators will look a little different this school year as they work to support the needs of students in remote, hybrid, and in-person classrooms (or, in some instances, a little bit of each). Virtual classrooms is the buzzword of the ‘20-’21 … Read More

ADA Round-Up: $200K Settlement in Disability Suit; Universities Struggling with Accessibility

by: David Titmus

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Software Company Agrees to $200,000 Disability Discrimination Settlement A software publisher will pay $200,000 and make changes to its policies and training practices to settle a disability … Read More

VITAC Offers Captioning, Multi-Language Solutions as YouTube Community Captions End

by: David Titmus

YouTube plans to end its community captions feature by the end of next month, and some content creators in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community aren’t happy about it. The feature, which enables viewers to manually add captions, subtitles, translations, and descriptions to YouTube videos, will be discontinued as of Sept. … Read More

Five Reasons to Use Captions in the Classroom

by: David Titmus

Students across the country will be going back to class this month, with some returning to physical classrooms while others will continue to attend classes remotely via online learning portals. Though student learning environments are certain to be different for the ‘20-‘21 school year, the accessibility of those learning spaces should … Read More

ADA ROUND-UP: Podcaster Sued for Lack of Captions, Governor Sued for Lack of ASL

by: David Titmus

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Making Podcasts Accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Gimlet Media for failing to make its podcasts accessible to … Read More

8 Tips for Creating Your Own Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat Captions

by: David Titmus

We often hear from people who want to caption their own videos. Though the best captions are created by professionals like those here at VITAC, we understand the struggle. Wildly popular platforms like Instagram and Snapchat allow users to create their own text to apply to prerecorded video. Facebook and … Read More

ADA Round-Up: Illinois Prison Sanctions, Senior Living Communities Sued

by: David Titmus

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Court Sanctions Illinois Prisons for Failing Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Prisoners A federal judge has ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) violated the settlement agreement in … Read More