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News and Insights

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

Making Security a Priority

How do you know who to trust? Workflow in the 21st century requires collaboration, but that often means entrusting your work to outside parties and service providers, and introducing a whole other set of security concerns. When it comes to captioning, an accessibility provider’s ability to fully understand the sensitivity of information seen every day…

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FCC Seeks Comments on Updating Closed Captioning Display Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking to refresh the record on proposed rules that make closed captioning display settings readily accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The FCC in 2015 proposed rules that would require manufacturers of applicable video devices and multichannel video programming distributors to make captioning display settings…

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Make it an Accessible New Year

For many, the New Year brings a rush of resolutions and goal-setting. Whether it’s a commitment to better organization or resolving to wake up early and get a head start on mornings, using the New Year as a fresh start is a tradition as well-known as toasting at midnight. But after the celebrating and goal-setting…

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Customer Spotlight: The Nora Project

A new Customer Spotlight looks at how nonprofit organization The Nora Project uses VITAC’s accessibility solutions to reach a larger audience and bring more people into the conversation. The Nora Project provides professional development for educators and curriculum for students, and routinely works with businesses and the larger community to develop more inclusive environments. As…

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2021: The Year in Review

2021 closes out another busy year at VITAC. And as we embark on 2022, here’s a look back at some of the news VITAC covered, the resources we created, and the milestones that took place, all while we continued providing hundreds of thousands of hours of quality captions for viewers around the world. Ebooks and…

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ADA Round-Up: Lawsuit Challenges Accessibility of Major Podcast Platforms

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent updates and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) have filed a lawsuit against three major providers of podcasts − SiriusXM, Stitcher, and Pandora − for failing to provide captioning and…

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FCC Forum Discusses Improving Accessibility of Online Video Programming

If you’ve ever tried to watch a video with no sound and no captions, you know how hard it can be to understand what’s going on or fully appreciate the scope of the video’s message. This experience is what viewers who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHOH) face every time captions aren’t available. And according to…

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FCC’s Expanded Audio Description Rules Continue Next Month

The second phase of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) expanded audio description rules will take effect next month as 10 additional designated market areas will be required to provide audio description. The FCC’s audio description rules currently require certain broadcast stations in the top 70 designated market areas (DMAs) to provide described programming. A DMA…

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