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

Canada Moves Forward on Nationwide Accessibility Legislation

by: David Titmus

Canadian legislators late last month brought forth a piece of nationwide legislation intended to improve accessibility for all people with disabilities. The Accessible Canada Act is designed to “identify, remove, and prevent” accessibility barriers in federally regulated sectors, such as those in banking, transportation, telecommunications, and government-run services. The act … Read More

Viewers, ‘Queer Eye’ Star Bring Caption Quality Concerns to Netflix

by: David Titmus

The topic of caption quality made headlines last week after television viewers took to social media to voice their complaints over the inaccurate captions they see on Netflix shows, including makeover show “Queer Eye.” Fans of the show took to Twitter to complain about captions that often misrepresented, censored, or … Read More

Will the FCC’s Allowance of ASR for Captioned Telephone Service be a Help or Hindrance?

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month took initial steps to reform the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) in an effort to modernize the system and resolve compensation and funding issues. A popular critical communications service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing who communicate … Read More

VITAC Proud to Sponsor National Association of the Deaf’s 54th Biennial Conference

by: David Titmus

VITAC, the largest captioning provider in the United States, is thrilled to be a sponsor of next month’s National Association of the Deaf’s (NAD) 54th Biennial Conference. The conference, which will be held July 3-7 at the Hartford Marriott Hotel and the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT, features professional … Read More

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: VITAC Captions Add Accessibility to MLB Mobile App

by: David Titmus

A Major League Baseball (MLB) mobile app is creating a more inclusive experience for fans following their favorite teams. MLB’s “Ballpark” app incorporates captions – provided by VITAC – directly into team applications, available at the touch of a button, meaning that fans who wish to read captions on their … Read More

What’s in a Name: Rebranded Conference Rooms Honor DHOH Pioneers and Leaders

by: David Titmus

VITAC’s Greenwood Village office recently redesigned and renamed a number of its boardrooms, conference rooms, demo rooms, and training rooms to honor pioneers and noteworthy members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Each room contains a photo of that room’s namesake as well as a brief description of why we … Read More