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Two bills introduced this week in Congress would broaden access to the movies for people with disabilities.

Under legislation proposed Wednesday, the Americans with Disabilities Act would be amended to require movie theaters to offer closed captioning and audio descriptions of films to aid those with visual or hearing impairments. The accommodations would be required at all showings at movie theaters with two or more screens.

A second bill would mandate captioning and narration on all airplanes where in-flight video entertainment is offered.

“More than two decades have passed since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and in that time we have seen a transformation of our physical landscape — from curb cuts to wheelchair ramps, buses with lifts to automatic doors,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who introduced the legislation. “However, we still have more to do. These bills will allow Americans with visual or hearing impairments to enjoy going to the movies and watching in-flight entertainment, through captioning and video description, just as they can at home.”

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  1. AlWBrown says:

    As a visually impaired person I am pleased Congress is starting to take action to make it easier for every day luxuries for even us disabled people. I would hop[e in the future even instead of only two big screens it would also be for the places (such as the smaller towns) that only have one big screen.

  2. BEV THOMAS says:

    03.15.13

    I would like to know how can we get attention to the needs for individual who are Blind and those Legally Blind to have safer walk ways to cross busy streets across Streets in Baltimore City. The same as those crossing streets that will have a VOICE TO WARN YOU WHEN TO STOP OR TO GO?

  3. Robert C. Graf says:

    Just like to mention even when I did comment tot he Majestic Movie, they say their so equipment call Captiview was being used. Will with us twice we tried to used it, to no success. Couldn’t see the movie or the equipment just didn’t work. And we so much miss so many movies we like to see, as a retired couple. Hope this may add to your concern and thank you so much for trying to helps us to be able to enjoy the movies in the future.

  4. Mary says:

    I took my Deaf daughter to see a movie in Folsom, CA that advertised it was accessible to the hearing impaired. When we got there, we were offered a pair of headphones. My daughter is Deaf, and offering headphones to someone who can’t hear at all, was ridiculous. We went to a different theater which was accessible (a closed captioning device that fits in the drink holder). We were able to see and enjoy the movie. This type of legislation should be a no-brainer.

  5. Linda Trevillian says:

    The latest technology that is available to movie and other theaters is the teleloop system, which eliminates the need for closed captioning (for most patrons) and headsets. All patrons with a hearing loss who wear hearing aids that are equipped to handle the teleloop system in a theater that also is equipped will hear the sound from the movie or play directly in their hearing aids. That is what should be included in this bill.

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