NOVEMBER 21, 2014
In an historic first, representatives from agencies on behalf of persons with hearing loss sat down with representatives from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) to hammer out an agreement on movie captioning. These agencies included HLAA along with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell). “HLAA is pleased to announce that our meetings resulted in two documents which have been filed with the US Department of Justice in its rulemaking on movie access: the Joint Recommendations to the US Department of Justice and the Joint Voluntary Commitments on Closed Captioning and Video Description.”
The five organizations agreed on a set of recommendations to the DOJ to improve access to movies for patrons with hearing loss after several weeks of discussion:
- Closed captioning (CC) and audio description (AD) technologies are to be installed in all digital movie theater auditoriums nationwide.
- The joint plan establishes minimum closed captioning device requirements and includes a monitoring requirement. “This flexible, market-responsive device scoping method will ensure access for all deaf and hard of hearing patrons and respond to actual consumer demand.”
- The compliance period has been restructured to reflect reasonable timelines in delivery and installation of CC and AD systems.”