The Verbit Team Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

By: Danielle Chazen

Accessibility isn’t just what we do, it’s what individuals at Verbit believe in. Verbit hires individuals who recognize that accessibility is a necessity.

Some of our team members have personal experiences with disabilities, while others are working hand-in-hand with university and business leaders to make their offerings more accessible. On a daily basis, we see the importance and the results of making environments and content inclusive.

On the flipside, we also see what happens when equity is not being provided. Inaccessible content, materials and environments can have an unfortunate and lasting impact on the success of students, employees, consumers and others. You have our word, that the Verbit team is doing everything possible to provide schools and businesses with fixes to many of today’s accessibility issues. We’re committed to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity in classrooms, workplaces and online, as well as showcasing that it can be done simply and easily. 

To celebrate the 10th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) this week, we asked Verbit’s team to share their unique stances and viewpoints. We’d love to hear your story and experiences with accessibility as well.
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“Making the world more accessible for everyone is our core mission at Verbit. Accessibility is a critical part of the day to day for so many people, and I’m really proud to be able to help. Keeping that in mind gives us the power to wake up every day and keep working hard to fulfill that mission. Our recent acquisition of VITAC shows our full commitment to media accessibility. We keep investing in advancing our technology and innovating our offerings with the great purpose of driving accessibility forward.”
– Tom Livne, CEO and Founder, Verbit

“The importance of accessibility cannot be overstated. My husband of 20 years has cystic fibrosis (CF), and his disability is not visible. Whereas my husband and I are able to advocate for his needs, there are around 33,000 Americans with CF and many do not have the health or support from family and friends to ensure that their needs are met at school or in the workplace. Although there are federal laws in place to protect and support people with disabilities, many challenges still exist. I applaud individuals, businesses, schools, and employers who have an “accessibility first” mindset, rather than waiting for suggestions or requests for accommodations or equal access to be made.”
– Dr. Misty Cobb, Customer Success Manager, Verbit

For us, accessibility is a human right. It is not negotiable, and as such is our responsibility to support it, finance it and spread awareness of its importance.”
– Jacques Botbol, VP Sales & Marketing, Verbit

As a classroom teacher, I saw first-hand how celebrating and embracing differences led to improved learning outcomes for all students. By focusing on the unique talents of the individual, classroom conversations became richer, diverse, and fuller. Certainly, I was always aware of the accessibility needs of students, but by building it into the culture of the classroom, instead of separating it out, accessibility became the ongoing trend in which our learning environment operated.”
– Bethany Stoltz, Customer Success Manager, Verbit

“We often think about captioning as an accessibility requirement for deaf and hard of hearing students, but the value of captions and transcripts is much greater, and can benefit many different types of students. Captions help the learner focus on the content, provide a different level of engagement and ultimately a referenceable written record. Captions and transcripts make the classroom content more accessible to all students.”
– Grenville Gooder, VP Sales, NA, Verbit
Verbit GAAD banner“Accessibility is about providing every student with a stronger opportunity to succeed. While providing schools with accurate captions is a core goal of ours, the real ultimate goal is student success.”
– Guy Fogel, Director of Product, Verbit

Today, twenty percent of Americans live with a disability. The American Disabilities Act requires entertainment and media outlets to provide accommodations for people with hearing impairments. The lack of such accommodations should not only be considered a liability but also a lack of sensitivity towards the disabled community.”
– Drew Walsh, Enterprise & Media Account Executive, Verbit

“Accessibility allows us to see the potential of each individual. It is our mission to support it and make sure that every individual shines.”
– Eliran Noy, Director, Sales Development Team, Verbit

Verbit is honored to promote accessibility and sees it as part of its mission and societal duty. We promote equal opportunities for everyone!”
– Ariel Utnik, COO and GM, Verbit

From our conversations, we often uncover that many university and school leaders, media teams, content creators and businesses executives aren’t actively aware of when they’re not offering accessibility. So much more education is needed and we’re launching events and content to drive awareness and education around D&I, accessibility and more.

We’re happy to serve as an accessibility coach and guide you on this evolving journey. Set up some time for a quick call with one of our specialists, and we’ll be happy to chat more.