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

8 Tips for Creating Your Own Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat Captions

We often hear from people who want to caption their own videos. Though the best captions are created by professionals like those here at VITAC, we understand the struggle. Wildly popular platforms like Instagram and Snapchat allow users to create their own text to apply to prerecorded video. Facebook and YouTube both can accept transcripts…

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Client Service, Expertise Remain a Constant at VITAC

Since the beginning of this year, businesses around the world have faced multiple challenges to the way they operate, with many responding to new or increased demands for products while adapting to different ways of working in this socially distanced “new normal.” And VITAC is no different, offering fresh accessibility solutions for web conferences, working…

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ADA Round-Up: Illinois Prison Sanctions, Senior Living Communities Sued

Welcome to the latest edition of “ADA in the News,” featuring recent news, updates, events, and rulings regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Court Sanctions Illinois Prisons for Failing Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Prisoners A federal judge has ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) violated the settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit that…

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VITAC Ebook Explains How Captions Can Grow Your Business

Are you interested in learning more about captions but aren’t sure what questions to ask? Looking for a way to make your meetings accessible to all but don’t know where to start? A new ebook from VITAC gives a brief overview of captions and the captioning process and can help you bring accessible communications to…

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Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 2020

Helen Keller’s life, work, and mission have made a huge difference to those with disabilities. As one of the first deaf-blind Americans, she proved that no disability should stop a person from living their best life. Next week marks the 140th birthday of Helen Keller (born June 27, 1880). Keller, recognized as one of the…

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Captions Help Make all Classrooms – Physical and Virtual – Accessible

Schools and colleges across the country explored new ways to teach students this spring as the coronavirus pandemic forced academic institutions to shutter classrooms and cancel in-person instruction. As distance learning and virtual teaching became commonplace – nearly 55 million students nationwide continued their educations remotely while schools were closed – instructors had little choice…

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VITAC Ready as Sports Leagues Consider Return

A handful of professional sports leagues are pondering a return to action in the coming months, carefully planning the best ways to protect players and spectators (if fans are permitted) while getting back to the courts, rinks, and diamonds. It’s no secret that the path back to life as we knew it is going to…

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VITAC Provides Accessible Communication to Local Governments, Federal Agencies

Accessible communication (and, at times, the lack thereof) has been an important topic of discussion over these past few months as viewers across the country have watched daily COVID-19 news conferences, governor updates, and press briefings to keep current with public health and safety information. However, some in the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHOH) community have…

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Not All Conferencing Platforms are the Same When it Comes to Viewing Captions

As the need for remote meetings and conferences continues to swell so, too, does the need to make those meetings accessible to everyone on the call. VITAC can bring captions to multiple virtual meeting platforms. Our video conferencing solutions provide accessibility and inclusion for business meetings, community gatherings, or small group chats. But just as…

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