Sunday, December 17, 2017

Court: Movie theatres must accommodate deaf-blind patrons*

MOVIE ENTHUSIASTS: Tactile interpretation involves the blind person placing his/her hands over the hands of an interpreter who uses sign language to describe the movie's action, dialogue and even the audience response.

Federal disability law requires movie theatres to provide specialised interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind, an appeals court said Friday. The Philadelphia-based 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Cinemark, the nation's third-largest movie chain, in a case involving a Pennsylvania man who wanted to see the 2014 movie Gone Girl and asked a Cinemark theatre in Pittsburgh to supply a “tactile interpreter.” 

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