ADA and Movie Theaters
First, something to laugh at - it made me laugh during my lunch break: Hearinglosslaw.com published a humorous analysis of an important court case happening now in federal appeals court in San Francisco: a case that may determine whether the Americans with Disabilities Act in fact may mean that movie theaters have to provide captioning (via equipment). Highlights:
- A judge compared the movie theater chain's weak argument (just come in and watch the movie) to carrying someone in a wheelchair up the steps.
- Same judge remarked, "I wouldn't be surprised if in a few years, people are laughing at your argument."
- Same judge also remarked, "...do the right thing instead of being jerks?"
The article also mentions the cost of 3D movie theater equipment and says captioning equipment costs are minimal in comparison. How much does 3D movie theater technology cost anyway? And I absolutely loved the ending of the article. Read it.
Next, something to shake your head at. This past week, the hottest news topic in the deaf and hard of hearing community was the pleading guilty of two me (Anthony Mowl and Donald Tropp) in the Viable VRS fraud case. These men, in a Department of Justice press release, admitted to being paid by the Yehs. I know that people are innocent until proven guilty, but if these two men are admitting to being paid by the Yehs, logically it follows that the Yehs are indeed guilty.
Now for the blog roundup:
- The Deaf Sherlock: "Sadly to say that the case is looking worse than before now."
- MishkaZena: "I'm extremely disappointed in Yeh and his cohorts. They did a lot of damage to the Deaf Community."
- RLMDeaf: "former Viable employees seems get pretty harsh sentencings"
- Fookem and Bug: wonders if the Yehs will plead guilty when it is their turn for trial.
Others also blogged, but did not express any opinions.