Most movie theaters are in violation of the following ADA federal law regarding services for the hearing and visual impaired:
§ 12101(b)(2). Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination
by public accommodations, prescribing generally that
No individual shall be discriminated against on the
basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of
the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages,
or accommodations of any place of public accommodation
by any person who owns, leases (or leases to),
or operates a place of public accommodation.
“Descriptive narration” would allow blind individuals to
appreciate visual aspects of a movie by using a headset.
Descriptive narration enables people to hear information
about key visual aspects of a movie through descriptions of
scenery, facial expressions, costumes, action settings, and
scene changes during natural pauses in dialogue. Major movie
studios distribute wide-release movies with descriptive narration
capability. Furthermore, to add closed caption for the hearing impaired.
On April 30, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires closed-captioning access in movie theaters.The decision is binding in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. As a result of this ruling, additional lawsuits in other states may soon follow and the U.S. Department of Justice may revisit its interpretive regulations. Still many other states in the country to go.
Can not believe that we are in the era of technology and still the movies theaters in most part of the country fail in offering such services for people with these disabilities.
We all deserve the same services. Thank you.
- National Association of Theater Owners (Movies); Dept. of Justice; Congress
Caption for the deaf; descriptive narrative for the blind at the movies
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