by Kirk Aranda, Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud Youth Advocate
Are you deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision? Have you ever gone to the movies and requested accommodations and been told by the employees at the theatre that they did not have any options or had very limited options?
Well, Regal Entertainment Group has taken notice and is making great strides in making movie-going accessible for all with the Sony Entertainment Access System. This system includes revolutionary glasses that assists moviegoers who are deaf, hard of hearing, have low vision or are blind.
These lightweight glasses will allow moviegoers to experience the movies without any inconvenience to those around them. They are designed for the viewer to privately view closed captioned text directly in their line of vision -that is not visible or audible to other moviegoers- for both 2D and 3D movies. The glasses also have headphones or neck loops which are both connected to a wireless receiver. This is for those who have low vision or are blind to hear descriptive audio tracks directly through their headphones.
This cutting edge technology is available in 200 theaters nationwide currently and should be available at the guest services counter at all digital Regal Theaters by April 2013. Check to see if they are available at the theatre nearest you! Also, if you have tried these glasses or the headphones, let us know what you think of them! Enter a comment in the section below.