How Captioning Company VITAC Is Making Hollywood’s Biggest Night Accessible To Audiences Of All Abilities

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How Captioning Company VITAC Is Making Hollywood’s Biggest Night Accessible To Audiences Of All Abilities

Steven Aquino
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Steven covers accessibility and assistive technology.

Mar 25, 2022,12:28pm EDT|

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VITAC will caption this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

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Regular readers of this column know a number of the stories that appear in this space reflect the convergence of technology, disability, and Hollywood. To name just two examples, the last few weeks has seen me cover the news of Apple’s original film CODA receiving Oscar nominations, as well as winning Screen Actors Guild honors.

This is what happens when you get titanic technology companies leveraging their equally titanic war chests to try to roll their own streaming video services like Amazon and Netflix have.

This year’s Academy Awards, scheduled for this Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, will be more noteworthy than merely Apple’s chance at taking home a few Oscar statues. ABC’s broadcast of the primetime ceremony will be only the second time in Oscar television history that will feature live captioning and audio descriptions for disabled [...]

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