Movie Theater Captioning, Part 4 of 4: We’re Not Done Yet

Open captioning is great. The captions are right there on the screen. We don’t need to self-identify and pick up a viewing device. The theaters don’t need any special equipment – they just select the open-caption option from the digital data package, and the captions appear for that showing. While we like open captions, the… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 4 of 4: We’re Not Done Yet

Movie Theater Captioning, Part 3 of 4: A National Requirement

The U.S. Department of Justice, which is empowered to enact regulations implementing the ADA, had shown a mild interest in movie captioning as early as 2008, when it indicated that it might enact regulations at some future time. Then in July 2010, very shortly after the Harkins decision came down, DOJ proposed regulations that would… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 3 of 4: A National Requirement

Movie Theater Captioning, Part 2 of 4: The Tide Turns

While courts were struggling with the concept of movie captioning, technical developments were moving in the right direction. Although under no legal obligation to do so, most movie studios began providing captioning for their releases, and furnished the captions free of charge to the theaters. Also, the theaters and studios were moving closer to digital… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 2 of 4: The Tide Turns

Movie Theater Captioning, Part 1 of 4: A Wonderful Statute and an Unexpected Problem

Going to the movies remains America’s favorite night out, but ever since the movies added sound to the moving picture, millions of us with hearing loss have been unable to fully enjoy that experience. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the efforts of a number of DHHBA members, and advances in technology, we should… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 1 of 4: A Wonderful Statute and an Unexpected Problem

New Class of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys to be Sworn into United States Supreme Court Bar

On Wednesday January 17, 2018, eleven members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association (DHHBA) will be sworn in and admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. All members are deaf or hard of hearing attorneys. The participants are: Melissa Kubit Angelides, Assistant Director of Career Development, St. John’s University… Continue reading New Class of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys to be Sworn into United States Supreme Court Bar

Panel Discussion on Employing Individuals with Disabilities in Your Workplace

DHHBA President Anat Maytal organized at her law firm, Baker & Hostetler LLP, a panel discussion to be held at the New York Yankees Steakhouse in NYC on February 2nd titled “Removing Barriers to Work: A Panel Discussion on Employing Individuals with Disabilities in Your Workplace.” The distinguished panel members — including in-house counsel from Microsoft and… Continue reading Panel Discussion on Employing Individuals with Disabilities in Your Workplace

Historic Admission of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys to The U.S. Supreme Court Bar

By Reema Radwan, Esq. On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, a select group of twelve deaf and hard of hearing attorneys were sworn into the United States Supreme Court bar by Chief Justice John Roberts.  In a historic and thoughtful gesture receiving much press coverage, Chief Justice Roberts used American Sign Language from the bench by… Continue reading Historic Admission of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys to The U.S. Supreme Court Bar

DHHBA Board Elections Now Open

DHHBA is holding elections for the board positions of President, Secretary, Treasurer, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Liaison, Alexander Graham Bell Association (AG Bell) Liaison, and Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Liaison. Each DHHBA member will receive an e-mail with an unique URL to take them to their online ballot to vote in the election.  DHHBA members will have… Continue reading DHHBA Board Elections Now Open