VITAC’s Government Captioning Services Have the Answers to Website Accessibility Questions

by: David Titmus

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, many modern technologies, such as online websites that are commonplace today, were still years away from making their mark. And as technology has increased over the past three decades, so, too, have the questions over how ADA laws apply … Read More

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

by: David Titmus

It has been an eventful year at VITAC. In addition to captioning more than 550,000 live-program hours, and creating verbatim, precisely timed captions for more than 75,000 pre-recorded programs, we also published nearly 70 news blogs, ranging from VITAC and industry news to legislative updates to new technologies to personal … Read More

VITAC in 2018: The Year in Review

by: David Titmus

The end of the year often is a time for reflection — a chance to pause and take stock of the year that was, and an opportunity to look ahead. It’s a time to celebrate the successes of the past 365 days and consider future challenges. As always, 2018 was … Read More

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

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

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

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

International Day of Sign Languages Declared by United Nations

by: David Titmus

The end of the year often is a time to look back on paths traveled and celebrate successes achieved over the last 365 days as well as a time to look ahead to new challenges. To that end, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) has a lot to celebrate. … Read More