This News from Marion Young at Art-Reach
I wanted to make sure that you had information regarding the Comcast Holiday Spectacular's accessibility features. This year they are offering captioning devices for the hourly holiday show that they do in their lobby. There isn't a lot of dialogue, but it provides some helpful descriptions of the music, sound effects, etc.
Comcast's VP of Accessibility, Tom Wlodkowski is spearheading this and he wants to make sure to spread the word so that people come and use the equipment. This will help him demonstrate community interest to the Comcast execs and allow him to continue to offer these features for the Holiday show and hopefully other events as well.
The devices are available in the lobby, handed out by extremely lovely and capable security guards who can show people how to use them. There is also audio description available for the blind and low vision.
Accessible Movie Captioning in the USA Is Moving Forward
In a historic meeting among four major hearing disability groups and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO), an agreement in principle was signed and submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ). This is the first time that a cooperative effort by organizations on both sides of the isle agreed on movie captioning accessibility.