On Thursday, May 21, communities around the world will celebrate the ninth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The day will feature discussions and virtual events and demos designed to encourage everyone to talk, think, and learn about digital access and inclusion for people of all abilities. (Check out a few ideas on how to participate or attend an event.)
Though the day’s target audience is the design, development, and usability communities who build, shape, fund, and influence technology and its use, GAAD is centered on promoting awareness in making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities across the board and provide real direction to those who seek it.
As the largest captioning company in the United States, VITAC has provided more than 30 years of accessibility services and solutions in a variety of industries for clients of all sizes. We have worked closely with advocacy groups and organizations as we strive to make accessible content standard.
Our team always is working to improve our captioning solutions, developing and using new technologies to create the best service for all our caption clients and viewers.
We’re testing our Internet Captioning Streamer (ICS) player with screen reader software that enables users who are blind or with low vision to read the displayed text with a speech synthesizer or braille display.
We work closely with and encourage all of our clients to expand their accessibility practices, and our wide variety of services make it easy for businesses of all sizes to reach their accessibility and inclusion goals.
We also have been an active member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee, advising and making recommendations to the FCC on a variety of disability issues. VITAC currently is a member of the Access to Live Programming and Audio Description Quality groups.
At VITAC, we are committed to increased accessibility for all, and are pleased to support the efforts of the accessibility community to create global awareness.