Verbit commits itself daily to ensuring all students and individuals with disabilities are given equal opportunities to succeed academically and professionally. Captions and transcription are core to our offering and were initially designed to help students and viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. While these tools have evolved and are now helping a multitude of different student and professional groups, we’re dedicated to ensuring these tools continue to meet the accessibility needs of those they were initially created for.

We’re regularly in touch with members of the deaf and HoH communities, as well as university administrators who are charged with meeting the needs of students navigating disabilities on and off campus. With the current shift to hybrid and fully online learning and remote work, universities and workplaces need to make sure they’re accounting for the continued needs of those with hearing impairments among others.

Today marks International Day of Sign Languages, or IDSL. Verbit is joining in on this annual global celebration of September 23rd. The decision to make this celebration on September 23rd comes as a result of the same date that the World Federation of the Deaf was established in 1951.

Scott Ready, Verbit’s Senior Customer Success & Accessibility Strategist, learned American Sign Language as his first language. He has been a part of the deaf community through his parents, who are both deaf, since birth. His parents were teachers at the Missouri School for the Deaf.

This week, Ready took a moment to teach Verbit’s employees a bit of sign language to honor this moment and to allow us to wish a Happy International Day of Sign Languages to all members of the community, as well as those who are involved in ensuring equal opportunities are provided to them.

To learn more about Verbit and how we can help your students and professionals, please feel free to contact us.