Movie Theaters Increase Accommodations Under new rules that took effect in the summer, movie theaters must now provide closed captioning and audio description for any digital movie that includes such accessibility features. The services must be provided upon request at a person’s seat. Under the phased rollout of a 2016 federal rule clarifying how ... News in Brief
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Movie Theaters Increase Accommodations
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News in Brief   |   October 01, 2018
Movie Theaters Increase Accommodations
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.23102018.12
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.23102018.12
Under new rules that took effect in the summer, movie theaters must now provide closed captioning and audio description for any digital movie that includes such accessibility features. The services must be provided upon request at a person’s seat.
Under the phased rollout of a 2016 federal rule clarifying how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) applies at the movies, all theaters that were showing digital movies as of December 2016 must now offer the accessibility equipment. They must also notify the public of its availability and employ staff to assist with the devices.
Theaters switching from analog to digital projection systems have additional time to comply.
The U.S. Department of Justice issued the rule in response to complaints about the lack of captioning and audio description at movie theaters, despite ADA requirements that public facilities provide auxiliary aids and similar accommodations.
Theaters that show only analog films and drive-in theaters are exempt.
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