ADA Proposed Rules re: CC and Audio Description

It is just a proposed set of rules, but years after the drama of public hearings and the settling of lawsuits and the installation of thousands of pieces of equipment for the deaf, hard of hearing, blind or those with low vision, the ADA has finally said they are ready to set the rules.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Under Title III of the ADA to Require Movie Theaters to Provide Closed Movie Captioning and Audio Description



Questions and Answers about the Department of Justice’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Under Title II

Here is a…perhaps the…takeaway sections of the FAQ that the DoJ put out.

4.) Under what circumstances does the rule propose to require movie theaters to provide closed captioning and audio description?

The proposed rule does not interfere with a theater owner’s choices as to which movies to exhibit. Whenever a theater intends to exhibit a movie that is available with captions and audio description, then the proposed rule would require the theater to acquire and then exhibit that movie with captions and audio description at all scheduled screenings, unless doing so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. If a particular movie is not produced with captions or audio description, then the proposed rule would still allow a theater to exhibit that movie. The rule does not require movie theaters to add captions or audio description to movies that are not otherwise produced or distributed with these features.

For background on this long involved process, following are links to articles in this journal very particularly on the DoJ topic. (Yes, I clicked on the Search button above and come up with these.)

Questions from DoJ Request for Comment; Movie Captioning, etc.

Transcript DoJ hearing 16 Dec, 2010 Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemakings-Wash

NATO | HoH Representatives in Chicago DoJ Hearing.pdf

NATO Verbal Testimony to DoJ Chicago Hearing | 18 Nov 2010

San Francisco | DoJ Hearings | Highlighted Cinema-centric comments

DoJ Transcripts: Official Submissions

There are more if you hit search above.

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