Legislation Introduced to Require DC Movie Theaters to Show Movies with Open Captions

District of Columbia Councilmember Charles Allen, along with three co-sponsors, recently introduced the Open Movie Captioning Requirement Act of 2018 to the Council of the District of Columbia. This legislation would require DC movie theaters to show movies with open captions. Many deaf and hard of hearing individuals have always found open captions – in… Continue reading Legislation Introduced to Require DC Movie Theaters to Show Movies with Open Captions

A Brief History of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys

If you are visiting our website, then you probably have an interest in deaf and hard of hearing lawyers. Perhaps you are deaf or hard of hearing and need legal representation. Or perhaps you are, or know of someone who is, deaf or hard of hearing and considering going to law school. You most likely… Continue reading A Brief History of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys

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