Closed-Captioning to Be Made More Available

WASHINGTON (CN) – The Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission are changing regulations to make closed-captioned video more widely available in movie theaters and on the internet. The Justice Department proposed changes that would require most movie theaters to provide a certain number of closed captioning and audio-description devices, the latter for people who are blind or have low vision. The rule also would explicitly require theaters to show movies with closed captions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Despite movie theaters’ [ADA] obligation to provide effective communication to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing or blind or have low vision, these individuals are often shut out from the movie-going experience; this exclusion occurs even though the vast majority of motion pictures released by the major domestic movie studios include closed captioning and to a lesser extent, audio description,” the department wrote. (Brackets added.)
     
Currently, the availability of closed captions and audio descriptions varies throughout the country, the department noted. “As a result, [people] who are deaf or hard of hearing or blind or have low vision, who represent an ever-increasing proportion of the population, still cannot fully take part in movie-going outings with family or friends, join in social conversations about recent movie releases, or otherwise participate in a meaningful way,” the department wrote.  If the rule is adopted, theaters that show digital movies would have to show movies with audio descriptions and closed captioning if implementing them is not a “significant burden or expense.”
    
 For digital theaters, that rule would become effective six months after the final rule is published. The department did not propose … more: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/08/08/70246.htm
source: Court House News
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