Monday, May 5, 2014
Dolores Hanley McDiarmid
I have found that many people are not aware of this wonderful service that can enhance the quality of life for many people.
These two services and more are available at certain movie theatres throughout our country, including Dade and Broward County. One of them is Regal at Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise. Recently, a few young adults who are blind and sight-impaired from various Catholic churches in Broward County, and who participate in the Lighthouse of Broward’s Interfaith Group, went to see the movie, “Son of God,” for a Lenten activity. They used the headsets and audio description feature and thoroughly enjoyed the movie and a thoughtful discussion afterwards.
It’s easy! Identify a movie you want to see, contact the theatres showing it, and ask if they have the headsets providing audio description for the sight impaired and captioning for the hearing impaired. If they do, ask how many boxes they have. At Regal Theatre in Sawgrass there were five boxes available, which was fine for our small group. If you plan to take a large group of people needing to use the audio description or captioning, it is best to ask how many boxes are available. The quantity may vary according to each theatre.
You are now ready to invite someone living with blindness, visual impairment, hard of hearing or deafness to the movies. So see you at the movies!
For more detailed information go to www.Regmovies.com/Theatres/Captioning-and-Descriptive-Video Once you get into the site click on “Learn More.”