Senator pushes for cinema access in Kentucky USA

Thursday, 4 February 2010 09:37am

Kentucky Democrat Senator Ray Jones has introduced a bill which would compel Kentucky cinemas to provide captioned access. According to Jones there are 640,000 Kentuckians with a hearing impairment and most cinemas do not offer a captioned service. 

His bill proposes that any cinema with 5 screens or more offers at least one screen with captions. The delivery method would be left up to the cinema to decide, ranging from closed captioned services (such as Rear Window) to open captioning.

Jones cites attitude as the main barrier to widespread adoption. “It comes down to the people simply not wanting to spend the money to provide this service.”

More information can be found on the WKYT News website. (NB: A video news story is included as part of this link, but it is not captioned.)

 


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