Captioning bills introduced in the United States Senate
NCRA would like to applaud Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) for introducing two bills that improve access for individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing: S. 555, the Captioning and Image Narration to Enhance Movie Accessibility (CINEMA) Act and S. 556, the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act would amend the Air Carriers Access Act. The CINEMA Act would require any movie theatre with two or more screens make captioning and video description available for attendees should they ask for them. The Air Carrier Access Amendments Act would require airlines make captioning and video description available for any program viewed during flights.
Since the introduction of these bills, NCRA’s Government Relations Department has been meeting with members of Congress and Congressional staff in an effort to bolster this legislation so it can eventually be passed into law. NCRA will continue to work with Congressional leadership, the Federal Communications Commission, and organizations representing individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to require more and better captioning across the country.