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

VITAC Captions Help Viewers Get into the Halloween Spirit

Leaves turning, pumpkins everywhere, and fresh apples: that all might sound like just a forgotten verse of “My Favorite Things” or a supply list for a harvest festival, but they’re also some of the things commonly associated with this time of year. While some might look forward to the slight chill in the air the…

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Improve the Accuracy of Your YouTube Captions

YouTube this month announced that its automatic livestream captions will be available for all creators as part of its push to help make the platform more accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing people. (The automatic captioning option previously had been available only to channels with 1,000 subscribers or more.) The news was welcomed by some YouTubers…

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VITAC Integrates Directly with Latest Adobe Connect Offering

VITAC is pleased to offer live, realtime captioning for Adobe Connect, and has a direct, built-in integration with the platform’s newest 11.3 offering, which features new meeting applications and greater accessibility. Adobe Connect 11.3 enables users to integrate realtime captioning of audio content into meetings and events and display these captions in a new closed…

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ADA Round-Up: New York Court Rules on Title III, Website Access

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York late last month issued a decision in an accessibility case that legal experts say could put the spotlight back on the question…

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Higher Ed Survey Shows Accessibility Remains a Key Concern

Colleges and universities around the country welcomed back students virtually and in-person this fall semester, but accessibility issues remain a key challenge, according to a recent study. Commissioned by Verbit, a leading interactive transcription and captioning company, Higher-Ed Accessibility Uncovered took a deep-dive into the accessibility and inclusion measures being taken at today’s colleges and…

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VITAC Captions Kick Off Another Football Season

Whether your favorite NFL team is off to a perfect start, or your college alma mater has been on the losing end of the scoreboard these past few weeks, football season is here. The kickoff to the college and pro games mean many things — kitchens filled with snacks, weekend afternoons firmly planted on the…

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September Celebrates Deaf Awareness, Culture, Language

September is Deaf Awareness Month in the United States − a celebration dedicated to increasing public awareness of deaf culture and deaf issues as well as recognizing the heritage and language unique to the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHOH) community. The month encourages everyone to, among other things: Learn about inclusion and accessibility, including the importance…

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Caption Accuracy Critical in Times of Crisis

Having access to timely communication and accurate information is crucial in any natural disaster or crisis situation. These same situations, however, bring an even more unique set of challenges for members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHOH) community, specifically those who depend on captions and accessible communications for news updates and emergency broadcasts. Getting the…

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VITAC Captioning Tokyo Paralympic Summer Games

VITAC is proud to provide captioning for the Tokyo Paralympic Summer Games, beginning this week and running through Sept. 5 on NBC and its affiliated networks and platforms. NBCUniversal plans to present more than 1,200 hours of Tokyo Paralympic Games coverage, including more than 200 hours of television coverage across NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic…

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Guide: Three Ways to Improve Accuracy in Closed Captions

It’s no secret – humans create the most accurate closed captions, and VITAC provides more human-generated captions than anyone else. However, there are steps that we can take together to make the captions you see even better. Check out our newest free guide, “Three Ways to Improve Accuracy in Closed Captions,” that outlines a few…

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