Movie theaters that would be regulated by this act could comply with the change in law by making available open captioning (displaying text on-screen), closed captioning (displaying text on an individual device), and video descriptions (narrations of events on-screen).
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Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsIntroducedMarch 13th, 2013
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What is it?
Some major movie theaters have already started offering captioning for visual and hearing impaired customers. This push for accessibility came after a court ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should require theaters to offer closed captioning and video descriptions. This ruling also exempts open captioning as an ADA requirement. S. 555 would mandate that theaters offer all of these options to moviegoers.
In testimony at a hearing for this legislation, the president of the National Association of Theater Owners observed that operators are currently installing these new technologies as they come available, and are currently constrained by the supply from manufacturers. In 2013 Regal Cinemas announced that they were distributing closed captioning glasses that would expand accessibility at 6000 screens nationwide.
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