International Week of the Deaf, Day of Sign Languages Celebrate Deaf Awareness, Accessibility

by: David Titmus

Deaf awareness and accessibility steps into the spotlight during next week’s celebrations of International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages. International Week of the Deaf (running Sept. 23 to 30) and International Day of Sign Languages (Sept. 23) will carry the shared theme of “With Sign … Read More

Save the Date: VITAC Captioning Webinar Set for Oct. 2

by: David Titmus

Captioning has become central to media consumption in the United States — whether across traditional broadcast, social media channels, or through streaming media — and it continues to proliferate across all platforms. (Case in point: more than 1 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched every day.) From the conference … Read More

FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Captioned Telephone Service, ASR

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments on petitions filed over its proposed changes to the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). The petitions, filed by Sprint Corporation with the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, call for clarification of the commission’s IP CTS suggestion regarding the use … Read More

The US Open, NCAA Football, the NFL, and a Busy End to August

by: David Titmus

The end of August means many things — students returning to classes, the last weeks of summer, and the busiest days of the year for VITAC captioners. As a 24/7, 365-day-a-year operation, busy days are nothing new to VITAC captioners, production coordinators, schedulers, and supervisors. This time of year, however, … Read More

VITAC Proud to be Among NATOA Annual Conference Participants, Speakers

by: David Titmus

VITAC is in Philadelphia this week participating in the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) annual conference. The NATOA 2018 Annual Conference is a premier event for local government IT, government access programmers, and communications and cable decision-makers. This year’s annual conference is going on now (August 27-30) … Read More

VITAC Named an Approved Vendor for California Community Colleges’ Distance Education Captioning and Transcription Grant

by: David Titmus

According to the California Community Colleges, distance education – the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school – comprises the college system’s fastest growing segment of enrollment. These types of courses include online classes, hybrid classes (where some instructional hours are offered remotely), telecourses, … Read More

VITAC’s John Capobianco Discusses Caption Quality, Industry on National Podcast

by: David Titmus

VITAC Chief Marketing Officer John Capobianco recently was featured on a national podcast regarding captions and accessibility. The “Bars and Tone” podcast, a production through the Association for Higher Education Communications Technology Advancement (AHECTA), devoted its July podcast to the captioning sector, including discussion on live, pre-recorded, municipal, and web … 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

Discovery Shark Week 2018: Captions by VITAC

by: VITAC

Most sharks in the wild live between 20 and 30 years. Shark Week 2018, a summer tradition with real bite that begins airing on the Discovery Channel on Sunday (July 22), is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And it’s showing no signs of being long in the tooth. This … Read More