[nfb-talk] Assistive Listening and Identity Theft
pdonahue2 at satx.rr.com
Wed Aug 31 01:58:43 UTC 2016
Good evening Dan and everyone,
The one issue we've run into with borrowing such devices for
assistive listening or to hear audiodescription is that some venues insist
that they hold your ID card and return it to you when you turn in the
device. Fortunately some of our movie theatres such as Santicos in San
Antonio do not require you to pay a deposit for the use of the device or
hold a form of identity until you are through using the device. Any venue
with such a policy when it comes to holding identity of any form belonging
to someone using one of these devices opens that person up to the
possibility of identity theft. There are other ways entities such as
entertainment venues can secure their property without requiring patrons to
compromise their personal identity by surrendering any form of
identification to the venue for the use of the device. If you asked me this
practice needs to be outlawed given the problem of identity theft in this
country. It's great that services like assistive listening for the hearing
impaired and audio description are offered by various entertainment venues
but blind and deafblind persons needing to use such devices should not be
forced to compromise their personal identity to do so.
I contacted the NFB's Deafblind Division concerning this matter but could
not urge them to take this issue seriously. All the best.
From: nfb-talk [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Dan Hicks
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:51 PM
To: NFB Talk Mailing List
Cc: Dan Hicks
Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] cinemark
We have seen several of these movies at our local AMC theater. The first few
times we went, we had to explain what the device was, and even insist that
it existed. Lately though they know exactly what we want, and it has worked
just about every time.
One thing that I have found that works is unplugging the cheapo earphones
that they give you with the device, and plugging in earbuds from an iPhone
or a similar device. The audio is improved, and they leak less sound into
the general theater.
Sent from my iPhone
> On Aug 30, 2016, at 7:57 PM, Ed Meskys via nfb-talk <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
> I have gone to three movies with DVS, but at the Regal chain. Two were in
Concord NH and one in Raleigh NC. I saw THE BUTLER, THE MARTIAN, & the new
STAR WARS movie. Butler was perfect, but sound effects sometimes drowned out
the description in the other two. Still, I did follow most of the action,
and was satisfied with the results. I have since been told you can change
the volume on the headphones, which would be great. Ed Meskys.
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>> I just went to a Cinemark theater to attend a movie with audio
>> The device didn't work and it was half way through the movie before it
>> I'm wondering if this is an unusual experience or typical?
>> Do those of you who go to films with audio description find that it
>> mostly works or mostly doesn't?
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