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

International Day of Sign Languages Declared by United Nations

by: David Titmus

The end of the year often is a time to look back on paths traveled and celebrate successes achieved over the last 365 days as well as a time to look ahead to new challenges. To that end, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) has a lot to celebrate. … Read More

VITAC and WPSD Celebrate 27th Annual Holiday Art Contest

by: David Titmus

VITAC is proud to celebrate 27 years of a wonderful holiday partnership with the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) and its talented teachers and students. For nearly three decades, WPSD students have created artwork around a holiday theme, with their art prominently featured on VITAC’s holiday cards to … Read More

Closed Captions Enable Facebook Live to Reach New Audiences

by: David Titmus

A number of major social media platforms have rolled out live streaming video options in recent years as a way to drive revenue and strengthen their hold on social media users. Social networks like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope have been promoting new features and products around live streaming as … Read More

Celebrating the Season at HDS

by: David Titmus

The holidays never fail to bring the best out in people and, for the past 22 years, VITAC and its employees have been embracing this season’s joy, warmth, and charity as a proud participant in the Angel Gift exchange program and holiday party at the Center for Hearing and Deaf … Read More

Lack of Audio Descriptions has Hulu Answering to a Class Action Lawsuit

by: David Titmus

A class action lawsuit filed in Massachusetts district court argues that video streaming giant Hulu LLC excludes the blind and visually impaired. The complaint, filed late last month by the American Council of the Blind and Bay State Council of the Blind, accuses Hulu of violating the Americans with Disabilities … Read More

Millennials + Captioned Videos = Success

by: VITAC

Millennials (18 to 35 years of age) are quickly becoming the primary population group in the United States. And, with a presence of about 83.1 million individuals in the marketplace, their consumer behavior is undeniably powerful. Millennials Prefer to View Online Content Silently According to a Harvard study, 83 percent … Read More

The Benefits of Captioning Digital Video

by: David Titmus

The Internet is the new frontier for closed captioning. Audiences of all ages continue to turn to the Internet and their mobile devices as more high-quality video content becomes available. This change in viewing habits is especially true among millennials, and digital video producers and advertisers have taken notice by … Read More

Business Associations Seeking Clarity on Website Accessibility Ruling

by: David Titmus

A dozen business associations recently filed a brief before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to reconsider a lower court ruling that a business’s website did not meet accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Though the group says that it supports the goals of … Read More

New Laws, Technology Helping Bridge Accessibility Gaps

by: David Titmus

A new city law and a police department outreach program are working to close accessibility and communication gaps for members of New York state’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community. City Adopts New Captioning Law Rochester, NY, next month will join a handful of other cities across the United States that require … Read More