This morning, my local newspaper ran an editorial by a mom infuriated by the lack of captioned movies at local theaters. Read the entire Captioning Editorial. A portion of the editorial is also included at the end of my post.
Her words, which captivated me most were, “I thought the Americans with Disabilities Act would improve options for my daughter and many other like her, and in many cases, it has. So why are the theaters exempt?”
Transcript of Mom’s Editorial to Local Newspaper
“I fail to understand how it is required for television and DVDs to be captioned for the deaf and hearing impaired, but movie theaters are exempt. The only accessible theater in·Kansas City at this time is the·Regal Cinema at the Ameristar.
“AMC previously captioned movies at four different locations, and then stopped this practice over six months ago while the company upgraded its theaters to digital. I have been speaking to various representatives at AMC who give me different versions of why captioning is no longer available; such as problems with software and so on.
“Captioned movies are a necessity for my deaf daughter who has now been excluded from theaters, and they are also necessary for many older adults who can no longer understand the dialogue, even with hearing aids. I thought the Americans with Disabilities Act would improve options for my daughter and many other like her, and in many cases, it has. So why are the theaters exempt?”
Lipreading Mom Asks…
Why ARE theaters exempt from the ADA?
What makes TV and DVDs the only consistently chosen entertainment form to be captioned?
Is anyone as infuriated about this as me and the mom of the lipreading child are?
Will you write your newspaper and ask why your theaters aren’t captioning all their movies?
Will you advocate for me?