National Association of the Deaf

Celebrity Spokesperson Marlee Matlin Supports NAD Movie Captioning Comments

Marlee Matlin, NAD Celebrity Spokesperson, filed comments in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for movie captioning. In her letter, she advocated for movie theaters to do the following: (1) show captions at 100% of movies, in all theaters, on all screens; (2) combine various technologies ranging from open captions to on-screen closed captions to ensure 100% access; and (3) immediately go into compliance with the new regulations, rather than over the DOJ’s proposed five-year period. The NAD filed comments to this ANPRM and three others to revise the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations in such a way that would best benefit the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Please read her full letter below or download the PDF file attachment.

Disability Rights Section Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 2885
Fairfax, Virginia 22031 – 0885

January 24, 2011

Re: Docket # 112; RIN 1190-AA63 Dear Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice:

I am writing in response to the proposed regulations on captioning at movie theaters. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with respect to movie captioning comments strikes c