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Keep current with all the latest VITAC, accessibility, and industry news, updates, and happenings.

HBO Max Adds Audio Described Content

HBO Max is now offering audio description on select titles across its platform. The new feature comes after WarnerMedia (HBO’s parent company) reached an agreement with the American Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts-based Bay State Council of the Blind, and other advocates in October 2020 to increase the accessibility on the popular streaming platform.…

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Advocates Ask FCC to Refocus on Accessibility Priorities

Earlier this month, advocates from Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., the National Association of the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America, the American Council of the Blind, the American Foundation for the Blind, and Gallaudet University’s Technology Access Program met with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) leaders to discuss the Commission’s priorities…

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Make Student Accessibility a Part of Your Education Budget

As students begin looking forward to the end of this school year, administrators and school officials already are eyeing budgets for 2021-22. And as budget planners decide on next year’s spending plan, it’s crucial that they consider an important component – accessibility. Introducing assistive devices and services, such as classroom captioning or audio description, has…

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VITAC: Providing Captions, Accessibility Solutions for 35 Years

A lot certainly can change in 35 years – fashion, pop culture, technology − but one thing that remains timeless is the need for accessible communications and accurate, synchronous, complete, and readable captions. VITAC was founded on the vision that technology could deliver a new level of accessibility to those in the deaf and hard-of-hearing…

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Captions, Accessibility a Crucial Part of Distance Learning, Remote Education

As has become increasingly clear over the past year, it’s possible to connect with people everywhere and anywhere around the globe virtually any time you want. In the education world, remote classrooms, lectures, and conferencing software have become the norm for teachers and students in all grade levels, and colleges, universities, and other higher educational…

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“Read Captions Across America,” World Hearing Day Celebrated this Week

There are a few important captioning and hearing awareness initiatives planned over the next few days in the U.S. and around the world. Check out below some of the events happening this week! ● “Read Captions Across America” (RCAA) is held each year in conjunction with the National Education Association’s (NEA) “Read Across America” event…

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VITAC Ebook Spotlights the Requirements, Growing Demand for Audio Description

A new ebook from VITAC puts the focus on audio description and the process of creating high-quality descriptions for programs in a variety of media and entertainment sectors. Our “Audio Description 101” ebook, available now for download, looks at, among other things, the ins and outs of audio description, how described content is used to…

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Celebrating All Captioners This Week and Every Week

This week is National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, a celebration of the profession that brings court reporters, captioners, court reporting firms, schools, and others together to highlight the many perks that make court reporting and captioning a viable and important profession. Now in its ninth year, the weeklong event is hosted by the National…

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VITAC Guarantees Make Offline Captioning Accurate, Secure, Easy

It’s no secret why VITAC is the largest and most-trusted provider of offline captioning in the media and entertainment industry. For nearly 35 years, caption clients – including broadcast networks, cable stations, station groups, television producers, post supervisors, and online video providers, among others – have relied on us for our caption accuracy, reliability, data…

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