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June 16, 2009 |
Marcella M. Meyer, a prominent advocate for the deaf who fought to expand civil rights and establish social services through the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, an advocacy group she helped found in 1969 and ran for almost three decades, has died. She was 84. Meyer died May 26 at Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, said her daughter Coleen Ashly.
June 1, 2006 |
Time Warner Inc., Walt Disney Co. and other movie distributors settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of hearing-impaired customers who bought DVDs containing bonus material that wasn't enhanced for people with hearing problems. The studios, which also include Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, deny liability and are settling to avoid further litigation, according to a statement.
February 23, 2004 |
The U.S. Education Department has cut the money for captioning nearly 200 TV programs, citing a 1997 mandate from Congress only to pay for captioning of "educational, news and informational" programming. Advocates for the deaf say they haven't been able to find out why the department has decided to finance some programs and not others, or who's making these decisions.
June 28, 2002 |
Until she retired 10 years ago, Vita Licata was a theater fanatic. As an advertising representative for the show-business publication Variety, where she handled theater accounts, Licata saw most productions staged in New York. Then, shortly before her retirement, doctors found a tumor in an ear. An operation to remove it, followed by progressive nerve deterioration, caused her to lose much of her hearing in both ears.
May 26, 2002 |
Outgoing and friendly, Doug Muir, a 44-year-old government employee from Anaheim, used to go to the movies by himself. Born with what would become progressive hearing loss, he understood only bits and pieces of the dialogue. He didn't want to depend on companions to translate for him. One solution was to go to foreign films, where he could follow the subtitles; or else he might wait, up to a year in some cases, for a movie to be captioned and released in video. But that's starting to change.
March 5, 2000
Re "A World Muffled and More Distant" and "How's That?: The Aural Mechanics" (Feb. 28) and the over 26 million Americans who are hearing-impaired: I hope that these articles serve to highlight the need to continue focusing attention on closed captioning on television and movies. Nearly 10 years ago, I appeared before Congress to lobby on behalf of efforts to make closed-captioning technology mandatory in television sets 13 inches or larger. Thankfully, that bill passed. However, just a few years later, I and millions of other hearing-impaired individuals were still unable to turn on our televisions for captioned breaking news on such stories as the Los Angeles riots or the Northridge earthquake.