Wall Street Journal Article Notes Captions’ Growth, Popularity

by: David Titmus

An article in The Wall Street Journal (“[Inaudible Chatter] Closed Captioning Becomes Hit with TV Viewers”) takes a look at how captions have grown in popularity in both the deaf and hearing communities. The article states: “Subtitles have always been required reading for people watching foreign-language films. And for deaf … Read More

VITAC Webinars Keep Clients, Consumers in the Know

by: David Titmus

Have questions about captions and captioning? Unsure how to start the ball rolling on creating a more accessible – and ADA-compliant – meeting space for clients and colleagues? Curious if captions can integrate with your video platform? Don’t worry, VITAC has you covered. As the nation’s leader in closed captioning … Read More

Captions, Accessible Communication Critical in Emergency Situations

by: David Titmus

A recent training exercise by New Jersey Transit highlighted the need for accessible communications in emergency situations, especially when it comes to the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHOH) community. The state public transportation system conducted an emergency drill where first responders rehearsed an active shooter scenario on a train that involved … Read More

Updates to Ordering Site, ICS Transcripts Provide More Options, Greater Client Service

by: David Titmus

VITAC is thrilled to announce updates to two of our popular services and products – the VITAC caption ordering site and our Internet Captioning Streamer (ICS) player. The updates will provide even greater client service by offering new easy-to-use options when ordering captions and allowing for stronger communication between clients … Read More

VITAC Article Looks at Captions in Nontraditional Places

by: David Titmus

Since their introduction to television audiences in the early 1970s, closed captions have expanded well beyond the media and entertainment borders and are now found within corporations, classrooms, arena-filled concerts, and standing room-only sporting events. Captions allow everyone greater accessibility to content, whether it be via TV, movies, or social … Read More

ADA Round-Up: Legislative Access and Government Captions

by: David Titmus

Welcome to this month’s edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Legislative Sessions Lack Captions The 11th Circuit Court is considering a claim involving Florida’s lack of closed captions on its legislative session’s online videos. The case, filed … Read More

VITAC Among Presenters at this Week’s HLAA 2019 Convention

by: David Titmus

The Hearing Loss Association of America’s 2019 convention begins today in Rochester, New York. Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing consumers with hearing loss. HLAA offers programs and events designed to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, … Read More

Electronic Newsroom Meeting Underscores Need for Quality Captions on all Broadcasts

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently took a closer look at the use of enhanced Electronic Newsroom Technique (ENT) procedures in providing live captions for local news programs. The meeting underscored the need for quality captions on television, and we’ve outlined the highlights below. What is ENT? Electronic Newsroom Technique … Read More

ADA Round-Up: Safeway, Lyft, Greyhound, and Pokémon Face Accessibility Claims

by: David Titmus

Welcome to this month’s edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Safeway to pay $75,000 to resolve disability discrimination lawsuit The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that supermarket chain Safeway will pay $75,000 and will make … Read More

Video: How to Set Up and Enable Captions for YouTube Live Events

by: David Titmus

It’s no great secret that YouTube is a juggernaut in today’s video viewing world. The video sharing platform boasts more than 30 million active daily users (and nearly 2 billion active users each month) watching more than 1 billion hours of video each day. Though many of the videos that … Read More