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In the News: Minneapolis Woman Advocates for Open Captions at MSP Film at The Main


3/15/2022 9:42:13 PM

Keenan Gao, a community advocate, and Dr. Darlene Zangara, executive director at the Commission, were interviewed about open captions at the movies. The full story can be found at, "Minneapolis woman advocates for open captions at MSP Film at The Main."

"Because having captions on all movies isn't the norm, there will be growing pains as we advocate for caption quality to improve. But the reality is we have to start somewhere and if we never even advocate for captions to be in the movies, why would they ever try and improve our experience?" Gao said. 

Gao worked closely with Darlene Zangara, executive director for the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. 

"Captioning really is becoming a way of life for many of us who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and so meaning that in Minnesota that 20% of the population has a hearing loss," Zangara said. 

Zangara also noted that open captions are not just for those in her community. 

"Veterans and many people who are aging, many people with other disabilities, as well as those who are learning English as a second language. It could benefit so many people," Zangara said. "So we just want to be equal  citizens and to do that we need full access. Not only for emergent news or emergency news but also to be able to enjoy movies in a theater." 


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