Michigan City Council proposes closed captioning for television in public spaces

via The Michagan Daily

Ann Arbor residents who are hearing-impaired may soon be able to enjoy closed captioning in television sets in public areas.

Ann Arbor Mayer Christopher Taylor speaks at the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

During their first meeting of the year, City Council discussed a new city ordinance mandating that any television set compatible with closed captioning in “places of public accommodation” – such as businesses, schools, and restaurants – must activate the feature to accommodate those residents with hearing loss problems. Television sets unable to provide closed captioning are exempt from the requirement.

The council did not vote on the ordinance this meeting. Westphal said because he is waiting for responses from members of the business community in an A2 Open City Hall survey, he is postponing the vote until the first meeting in February..

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