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    Whiteboard Wednesday: 2015 Video Accessibility Progress

    By: Aylin Dunham
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    As we at Automatic Sync reflect on the milestones we’ve reached this year as a company, we want to give credit to those who made it happen: our customers. The progress we’ve made together in our goal of making video accessible to everyone has been tremendous. This year we have seen an increased awareness of the importance of accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing, especially for educational video content. We have also begun to realize how much captioning can benefit people in so many more ways than it was originally intended, and how it supports universal design for learning (UDL). In this month’s Whiteboard Wednesday we give you an overview of this year’s accomplishments, and would like to thank all of you for contributing to accessibility progress. We are looking forward to all that 2016 has to offer!

    Video Transcript:

    Hi, this is Courtney with Automatic Sync, and in this Whiteboard Wednesday we are going to do something a little bit different. Rather than cover a new topic about captioning, we would like to review all the great things we accomplished this year together with you, our valued customers.

    In 2015, we celebrated our twelfth anniversary as a captioning service provider, welcomed our five thousandth customer, and delivered our six millionth caption file.

    We collaborated with accessibility experts like you to help institutions around the country understand that accessibility is one of the most important upcoming civil rights issues.

    e celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day with you, and millions of others around the world.

    Together we helped educators understand that closed captioning is an important part of universal design for learning.

    Along with advocates like you we convinced administrators that providing anything less than top-quality captioning is a disservice both to our institutions, and the millions of learners that depend on closed captions.

    We worked with you to transcribe, caption, translate, encode, edit, review, burn, and deliver, thousands of educational videos, on topics ranging from algebra to astronomy, chemistry to choreography, C# to CPR, and everything in between.

    Thank you for making 2015 a great year for progress in video accessibility, and we look forward to making even more progress in 2016!