In 2007, in partnership with National Public Radio (NPR), Ellyn Sheffield, Ph.D., founded the International Center
for Accessible Radio Technology (ICART) at Towson University, to bring radio captioning and emergency alerting to U.S.
citizens who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.
With the help of several federal, state and university grants, Ellyn
established a captioning/transcription center whose mission was to serve the public radio market and educational
institutions to comply with federal accessibility standards.
Along the way, and with a great deal of input and
help from the National Association of the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America, Northern Virginia Resource
Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Helen Keller National Center, the center became known for its
commitment to high-quality captioning and its insistence on making audio and video accessible to people globally.
After several years of research and development, ICART commercialized to become Verb8tm, Inc., an organization
that provides affordable, efficient and high-quality captioning and transcribing services.
product line includes automated, do-it-yourself software (Carbon) to 100% accuracy transcripts. Verb8tm’s
integrated software allows users to choose between automated text and Services – with a click of a button.
Verb8tm has expanded into several markets with the same commitment - to provide technology and services that
exceed industry standards and produce quality results at competitive prices.