Hawaii mandates captioning, audio descriptions in movie theaters

Hawaii mandated accommodations for people with hearing or visual impairments at all theaters in the state, according to a May 7 article in The Garden Island. As of Jan. 1, 2016, the new law will require public accommodations that own, lease, or operate a motion picture theater in more than two locations within the state to provide open movie captioning during two showings per week for each movie that offers it. It also requires theaters to provide audio descriptions of any motion picture that offers audio descriptions, upon request.

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