Three Things That Happen When You Don’t Use Captions

by: David Titmus

For some, closed captions are simply those words that pop up at the bottom of the television (or computer or tablet or cell phone) that describe the on-screen dialogue and action. But for more than 50 million Americans in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, captions are so much more — … Read More

VITAC Provides Live-Captions, Transcripts for SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference

by: David Titmus

VITAC was proud to be a sponsor of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition, held earlier this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The popular conference attracted more than 800 human resources professionals and diversity experts, and featured more than 35 discussion and information … Read More

Accessibility Roundup: Captioned Telephone Service and Website Access

by: David Titmus

More than a dozen advocacy organizations and consumer groups are supporting a call for clarification regarding the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to allow the use of fully automatic speech recognition (ASR) programs for its Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). The organizations — including Hearing Loss Association of America, … Read More

Accessibility, Accessible Solutions Crucial as ADA Lawsuits Continue to Rise

by: David Titmus

Website accessibility and other ADA Title III lawsuits are continuing to increase, according to a recent study by law firm Seyfarth Shaw. The firm reports that if ADA Title III federal lawsuit numbers continue to be filed at the current pace, 2018’s total will exceed 2017 by 30 percent, fueled … Read More

Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

by: David Titmus

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places open to the … Read More

Now Showing: Rule in Place Requiring Movie Theaters to be More Accessible

by: David Titmus

A rule designed to make movie theaters more accessible to those with hearing or vision difficulties is now in effect at theaters across the country. Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Movie Captioning and Audio Description Rule requires movie theaters that show digital movies make … Read More

Website Accessibility and the WCAG 2.1 Update

by: David Titmus

After nearly 10 years, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released an update to its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, an internationally established set of standards for accessible content on the Internet. These guidelines are mainly for people with various disabilities, but also for different devices used for … Read More

The ‘ADA Education and Reform Act’ and its Impact on Americans with Disabilities

by: David Titmus

A number of disability rights and advocacy groups, including the Hearing Loss Association of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, are voicing their concern over a bill they say would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Education and Reform … Read More

DOJ Withdraws ADA Rulemaking Process

by: David Titmus

The Department of Justice late last month announced that it has withdrawn its pending rulemaking and technical guidance for accessible websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – a decision that is likely to cause continued uncertainty for businesses, retailers, and owners and operators of public … 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