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

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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VITAC and WPSD Partner for 31 Years of Holiday Cheer

For more than three decades, VITAC has partnered with students and teachers at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) to create our annual holiday card to clients, colleagues, and associates. And we’re thrilled to celebrate 31 years of this holiday tradition in 2021! Each year, students from the school create artwork around a…

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Verbit Announces $250 Million Series E Funding Round

Verbit’s fundraise, led by Third Point Ventures, will further enhance the company’s market leadership in the $30 billion human-based, fragmented transcription and captioning space. Verbit, which acquired VITAC Corp. earlier this year, announced today that it has closed its Series E funding round at $250 million, after securing a $150 million primary investment and $100…

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Want to Save Theater? The Answer Might Be Accessibility

It’s not the answer that some avid proponents of live theater might have expected, but it’s at least one answer Stagetext, a UK based nonprofit, found in a recent study. According to the nonprofit’s research, as many as 31% of all people would be more likely to attend live events if more events had captions…

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VITAC Makes It Easy to Add Captions to Your Zoom Meetings

A day punctuated by Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting can be stressful. Wondering if your colleagues can see all the clutter in your background or worrying that the kids or the cats will make a surprise appearance all the while trying to keep your eyes focused on the screen are all par for the course…

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VITAC Provides Captions for ACB’s 2021 Audio Description Awards Gala

VITAC was thrilled to provide closed captions for the inaugural year of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Awards Gala. Celebrating the best-of-the-best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media, the gala promoted the positive impact that audio description has made in the lives of people with disabilities. The event, hosted…

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VITAC Resources Keep Clients, Consumers in the Know

The world of captioning and accessible content can be a little daunting for those unfamiliar with how captions work. VITAC, however, has answers for you, and all just a mouse-click away. As a leader in captioning and accessible communications for more than 35 years, we are happy to share our vast knowledge and experience with…

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ADA Round-Up: Grocery Store Chain Pays $280K to Settle Suit

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent updates and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. A grocery store chain has agreed to pay $280,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit claimed that Sprouts Farmers Market — which operates…

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