Category Archives: HI/VI Standards and Best Practices

Special Focus: Hearing Impaired/Visual Impaired (HI/VI)

Defining Documents and Best Practices

It was a decade ago when DCinema standards started on their process. Finally, process has evolved to progress…and though not alway up to full potential, finally corners are being turned. This Spring begins a 1 year evolution that migrates from the InterOp format to full SMPTE compliance DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages.) That, combined with a migration to what are called Series 2 projectors and finally the Hearing Impaired community will get some of the benefits of dcinema technology – in the projection room, that means distinct Hearing Impaired (HI) and Visually Impaired Narrative (VI-N) tracks in all DCPs, coordinated with standards for Closed Captions.

Topics to cover: ADA Title III; 28 CFR Part 36: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities; SMPTE 429-2, 430-10, 430-11

Diversity of Thought; Successful Employee Training

Taking a deep dive into the fundamentals of diversity learning, deJongh noted that training must be part of a comprehensive program that includes mentoring and must be mandatory. “When we think about how we can raise our game in diversity and inclusion, training is an important component,” says deJongh.


From DiversityInc.com: 6 Secrets for Highly Effective Diversity Training – There are 7 excellent videos for your employees to watch.


How can you execute an effective diversity-training initiative? Here are six best practices deJongh shared with DiversityInc’s audience:


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Court Hears Audio Description, Captioning Argument

You are going to lose eventually. I don’t know if you are going to lose this case or not, but you are going to lose this battle in the end. You can get out in front of it and be the good guys, or you can be dragged kicking and screaming and look like jerks. i don’t understand why you are chosing to fight this battle. — Judge Alex Kozinski

On January 13, 2010, Court Room 2 of the federal court of appeals in San Francisco was packed with people with visual and hearing impairments. The public was there to listen to oral argument about whether a lawsuit can go forward against a movie theater that refuses to provide captioning or audio description for movie-goers with disabilities.

Harkins Movie Theatres, an Arizona-based chain, had convinced the lower court to dismiss the case with its argument that neither the Americans with Disabilities Act or Arizona State law require description or captioning. After an hour of argument from both sides, liberally peppered with questions and comments from Judges Hug, Kozinski and Clifton, it was clear that the case is far from over.

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Implementing Closed Caption and HI / VI in the evolving DCinema World

Closed caption technology for digital cinema took another step forward in 2009 with the successful standardization of SMPTE 430-10 and 430-11 for the SMPTE CC Output, the standardized closed caption output for digital cinema servers. The SMPTE CC Output is not proprietary and is free to implement. Because of this, the National Association of Theatre Owners encourages all digital cinema server manufacturers to include the SMPTE CC Output in their products. Wide-spread use of this protocol will allow multiple closed caption systems to emerge.
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