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Closed Captioned Movies for Theaters and In-Flight Entertainment

March 2013 — In March, U.S. Senator Tom Harkins (D-Iowa) introduced two bills to Congress that would expand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide closed captioning on movies shown in movie theaters and on all airplanes. The purpose of the bills is to improve the accessibility of movies to individuals with disabilities. The Cinema Act [S.555.IS] would require that all movie theaters with two or more theaters or screening rooms showing copyrighted motion pictures provide captioning and video description. The second bill, the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act [S.556.IS] provides captioning and video description on entertainment programming offered by air carriers on all passenger flights, including any foreign air carriers.

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