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DOJ/CRT RIN: 1190-AA63 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Movie Captioning and Audio Description 

Following its advance notice of proposed rulemaking published on July 26, 2010, the Department plans to publish a proposed rule addressing the requirements for captioning and video description of movies exhibited in movie theatres under title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public accommodation (private entities whose operations affect commerce and that fall into one of twelve categories listed in the ADA). 42 U.S.C. 12181-12189. Title III makes it unlawful for places of public accommodation, such as movie theaters, to discriminate against individuals with disabilities in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of a place of public accommodation (42 U.S.C. 12182[a]). Moreover, title III prohibits places of public accommodation from affording an unequal or lesser service to individuals or classes of individuals with disabilities than is offered to other individuals (42 U.S.C. 12182(b)(1)(A)(ii)). Title III requires places of public accommodation to take "such steps as may be necessary to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services, such as captioning and video description, unless the entity can demonstrate that taking such steps would fundamentally alter the nature of the good, service, facility, privilege, advantage, or accommodation being offered or would result in an undue burden," (42 U.S.C. 12182(b)(2)(A)(iii)).

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 28 CFR 36   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12101, et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  07/26/2010  75 FR 43467   
ANPRM Comment Period End  01/24/2011    
NPRM  08/01/2014  79 FR 44975   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  09/08/2014  79 FR 53146   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/30/2014 
NPRM Extended Comment Period End  12/01/2014 
Final Action  07/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Rebecca B. Bond
Department of Justice
Legal Activities
Disability Rights Section, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20530
Phone:800 514-0301