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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

DCinema Hearing and Visually Impaired Technologies: Standards and Best Practices

DoJ Transcripts: Official Submissions

HI/VI Logo"No theater should be exempted from providing captioning and description by saying it can't afford them unless that theater also is exempted, on economic grounds, from providing fire exits."

Addressed to the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as comments to proposed rules for implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, these were the closing comments of Elizabeth D. Botts arguments. 

The issues of providing "full and equal enjoyment" of services promised under the Americans with Disabilities Act by movie theaters is divisive. There are 1160 comments on the DoJ website, ranging from "Parent of a deaf person" to advocacy groups like the National Association of Theater Owners. 

DoJ Site Link: The Docket Folder Summary; Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Movie Captioning and Video Description

Janice Doherty of the Spokane Fire Department commented:

Given current technology, all persons with hearing loss should be able to access public theaters for any performance. Governmental as well as private agencies have been too slow to comprehend the inequities that persons with hearing loss, the largest group of persons with a specific disability, must face on a daily basis. It is not right that individuals with hearing loss are systematically relegated to second class citizenship (or worse) when it comes to opportunity for participating fully in community and cultural conversations. The capacity for inclusive communication exists: it should be required. 

This article is a stub that will be amended as time allows to get some of the more critical responses posted as attachments - the DoJ site is cumbersome (at best.)

Oral submissions can be found at the following link:
DoJ Transcripts: Battle Lines Drawn

The original Request for Comments that the answers refer to are at this link:
Request for Comments: DoJ: Movie Captioning, Video Description