[tabi] Fwd: [awannouncements] a great step forward

  • From: Lynn Evans <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:53:42 -0400


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> From: "'Robert Acosta' boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx [awannouncements]" 
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> Date: July 25, 2014 at 2:10:09 PM EDT
> To: "awannouncements" <awannouncements@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [awannouncements] a great step forward
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> Hello all,
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> Chris is right.  This is indeed great news.  The Dept. of Justice just hosted 
> a conference call to provide an overview of the proposed rule.  I sat in, and 
> thought I would share some of the key points they made with all of you.
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> By way of background info, it was noted that DOJ estimates that about 94 
> percent of the nation's theaters have now converted to digital technology.
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> That would mean that the vast majority of theaters would be required by this 
> rule to begin showing captioned and described versions of movies within six 
> months after the rule takes affect.  If a movie is not available with 
> captions or descriptions, they are not prohibited from showing that movie, 
> but whenever movies are produced with captions and/or audio description 
> available, the rule requires that theaters show the version containing these 
> features.
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> Under the rule, each theater would be required to have at least one headset 
> for listening to descriptions per screen, but no less than two headsets 
> total.  Theaters that currently use two-channel systems that can be used to 
> access either captions or descriptions would be allowed to continue using 
> them, and would not have to buy new equipment.
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> With regard to captions, theaters can use either open or closed caption 
> versions of the movies, but are not required to use open captions.  Theaters 
> are responsible for having staff trained to locate, distribute, and help 
> patrons get started using the equipment to access descriptions and captions.
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> For the small number of theaters that are still using analog technology, DOJ 
> will be asking for comment on whether to allow them four years to comply with 
> the requirements in this rule, or whether DOJ should refrain from regulating 
> them for now altogether.  It was stated that the reason for this is that it 
> isn't clear whether analog theaters will remain in business for much longer 
> because DOJ does not know if analog movies will continue to be supplied to 
> theaters for much longer.  Also, this rule does not apply to drive in 
> theaters because they use different technology than walk in theaters do.  
> Finally, the rule does allow theaters the usual "Undue Burden"
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> defense.  However, DOJ says theaters would be obliged to comply as much as 
> they can even if full compliance would be an undue burden.
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> This rule has not been published in the Federal Register yet, but when it is, 
> it will provide for a 60-day comment period.  We will let you know when that 
> period begins and urge you to let your voices be heard.  ACB will comment as 
> well and we will share our comments as widely as we can.
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> Stay tuned for more information as we get it.  In the meantime, please 
> patronize those theaters that are already providing full access to the movie 
> going experience and thank them for taking the initiative instead of waiting 
> for federal requirements.
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> Melanie Brunson
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> Melanie Brunson, Esq.
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> Executive Director
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> American Council of the Blind
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> From: adp-list [mailto:adp-list-bounces@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Christopher 
> Gray via adp-list
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> Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 12:11 PM
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> To: Joel Snyder; ACB Audio Description Project Discussion List
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> Cc: Audio Description Project; acb-l@xxxxxxx; leadership@xxxxxxx
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> Subject: Re: [adp-list] FW: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES PROPOSED AMENDMENT 
> TO AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT REGULATIONS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO MOVIE 
> THEATERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING AND VISION DISABILITIES
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> Wow, that's great.
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> Chris
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> On Fri, 25 Jul 2014, Joel Snyder via adp-list wrote:
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> > See below for the full announcement--Hooray!
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> > JOEL SNYDER, Ph.D.
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> > Author of The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and
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> > Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description -
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> > get your copy at thevisualmadeverbal.net
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> > President, Audio Description Associates, LLC
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> > Director, Audio Description Project
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> > Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 9:49 AM
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> > To: jsnyder@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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> > Subject: FW: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO
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> > AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT REGULATIONS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO MOVIE
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> > THEATERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING AND VISION DISABILITIES
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> > FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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> > CRT
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> > FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
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> > (202) 514-2007
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> > WWW.JUSTICE.GOV <http://www.justice.gov/> TTY (866) 544-5309
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> > JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO AMERICANS WITH
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> > DISABILITIES
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> > ACT REGULATIONS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO MOVIE THEATERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH
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> > VISION DISABILITIES
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> > WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General
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> > Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the
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> > Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to
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> > require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio
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> > description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities
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> > access to movies.
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> > "This proposed rule will allow all Americans, including those with
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> > disabilities, to fully participate in the moviegoing experience.  With
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> this
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> > proposal, the Justice Department is taking an important step to ensure
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> > consistent access for people with vision and hearing disabilities," said.
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> > Attorney General Eric Holder.  "Twenty-four years after its passage, the
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> > Americans with Disabilities Act remains a critical tool for extending the
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> > promise of opportunity and inclusion for everyone in this country."
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> > Closed movie captioning refers to captions that are delivered to the
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> > patron's seat and are visible only to that patron.  Audio description
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> > enables individuals who are blind or have low vision to enjoy movies by
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> > providing a spoken narration of key visual elements of a movie, such as
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> > actions, settings, facial expressions, costumes and scene changes.  Audio
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> > description is transmitted to a user's wireless headset.  The department
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> is
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> > proposing to provide a consistent nationwide standard for movie theaters
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> to
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> > exhibit movies that are available with closed movie captioning and audio
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> > description for all showings.  The department is also proposing to require
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> > theaters to provide a specific number of closed captioning and audio
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> > description devices.  Theaters need not comply with the proposed rule if
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> > doing so would cause an undue burden or fundamental alteration.  The
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> > department is not proposing to require movie theaters to add captions or
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> > audio description to movies that are not already produced and distributed
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> > with these features.
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> > The department is proposing a six-month compliance date for movie
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> theaters'
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> > digital movie screens and is seeking public comment on whether it should
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> > adopt a four-year compliance date for movie theaters' analog movie screens
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> > or should defer rulemaking on analog screens until a later date.
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> > "As we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities
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> Act
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> > on Saturday, we are reminded that people with disabilities still do not
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> have
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> > full access to all aspects of American cultural life," said Jocelyn
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> Samuels,
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> > Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  "Although some movie
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> > theaters are making strides towards meeting their ADA obligations, there
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> is
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> > a good deal of inconsistency among theaters across the United States.
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> This
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> > proposed rule is intended to ensure that, regardless of where a person
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> with
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> > a hearing or vision disability lives, that person will be able to attend
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> > movies with their friends and family and fully enjoy this important social
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> > and cultural activity."
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> >            On July 26, 2010, the department published an Advance Notice of
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> > Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking how requirements for movie captions and
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> > audio description should be implemented.  The ANPRM sought public comment
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> > regarding the type of accessibility requirements for captioning and video
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> > [audio] description the department should consider, particularly in light
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> of
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> > the industry's conversion to digital cinema technology.  The department
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> > received more than a thousand comments in response to the ANPRM and these
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> > comments were taken into consideration when developing the proposed rule.
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> > The department intends to publish the proposed rule in the Federal
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> Register
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> > in the near future, and public comments on the NPRM will be due 60 days
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> > the date the rule is published.
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> > The NPRM is available for review on  <http://www.ada.gov/> the ADA
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> website.
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> > Those interested in finding out more about the ADA may call the
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> department's
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> > toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TTY 800-514-0383) or visit
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> > the ADA website.
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