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

Captions, Audio Description, and Effective Communications

June is Effective Communications Month, highlighting the importance of using successful communication skills to enhance personal and professional interactions. Even in the best of circumstances, effective communication can be difficult, and the move to more remote interactions – email, texts, and video conferences rather than in-person social activity, conversations, and meetings – over the past…

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Study: Many Government Websites Don’t Meet Accessibility Requirements

A recent study by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) found that despite legislative requirements, many federal government websites are not accessible for people with disabilities. ITIF, a non-profit think-tank, tested a number of the most popular federal websites and found that 30 percent did not pass an automated accessibility test for their homepage,…

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VITAC Proud to be Part of the 2021 XR Access Symposium

VITAC is excited to be a part of this week’s 2021 XR Access Symposium. The virtual event will take place on Thursday, June 10, with special breakout sessions scheduled for June 11. “XR” is an umbrella term encompassing virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies. (Think all those cool virtual reality goggles and glasses advertised on…

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Verbit Secures $157 Million in Series D Funding

Verbit now has a valuation of more than $1B, making it a unicorn company Verbit, which recently acquired VITAC, has secured $157 million in Series D funding, giving the company a valuation of more than $1 billion only four years after its inception. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures, alongside new investors such as…

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ADA Round-Up: Higher Ed, Retail, and Medical Centers Face Accessibility Suits

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ole Miss Sued Over Lack of Captioning A college student has filed a suit against his school that alleges the university discriminates against people who are deaf. The lawsuit filed against the University…

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Washington State to Require Businesses Display Captions on Public TVs

A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee will make Washington the first state to require that businesses display captions on televisions in public places. SB-5027 will require public places like restaurants, sports bars, fitness centers, and hospital waiting rooms to display captions on at least one of its public-area televisions capable of doing so. The…

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VITAC’s Doug Karlovits Discusses Sports Captioning, Verbit Acquisition with SVG

A Sports Video Group (SVG) interview with Doug Karlovits, VITAC’s chief business development officer, talks about how captioned sports have made an impressive return to television – via both traditional TV and streaming services – over the past few months, and VITAC’s recent acquisition by Verbit, which positions the combined company as the No. 1…

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Communities around the world celebrated the 10th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) earlier this month (May 20). The day featured discussions, 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…

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VITAC and Verbit Combine to Become World’s Largest Transcription and Captioning Platform

VITAC is proud to announce that it has become part of Verbit, the world’s leading interactive transcription and captioning platform. The combination means increased accessibility offerings, enhanced solutions, and greater customer support and service for clients in the legal, media, education, government, and corporate sectors around the world. Read the full press release below. Verbit…

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FCC Looking for Suggestions on CVAA Updates

With an eye toward enhancing technology access for people with disabilities, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments on whether any updates are needed to the rules of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). The CVAA was enacted more than a decade ago to help ensure that people with…

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