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

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

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

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

VITAC Captioning PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

by: David Titmus

VITAC is proud to provide captioning for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, running now through next Sunday (March 18) on NBC and its affiliated networks. NBC Olympics will feature more than 250 hours of comprehensive coverage, including 94 hours of television coverage — nearly doubling the television coverage for … Read More

Canada Eyeing Nationwide Accessibility Legislation

by: David Titmus

Canada is expected to forge ahead this year on long-sought legislation designed to increase accessibility nationwide. The Canadian federal government is expected to introduce a bill before the House of Commons this spring that would remove barriers in federally regulated sectors such as banking, transportation, telecommunications, and government-run services. Though … Read More

“Hear Me. See Me. Know Me.” — An inspiring video about living with disabilities

by: VITAC

Deaf-Blind teen, Brittany Winkleman, inspires many with video of personal narrative. Differences are a crucial aspect of what makes our culture as rich as it is, and yet, at times, they can be the biggest barrier to easy living within it. Brittany Winkleman, 18, has been “different” since she was born. Being … Read More