Cinemas: Hearing Impairment

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Labour, Nottingham South

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of facilities in cinemas for deaf children and young people that require subtitles.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State

The Government recognises the importance of ensuring that the cinema experience is accessible to as wide a range of people as possible, including the deaf and hard of hearing. We welcome steps taken by industry, including the UK Cinema Association's Technology Challenge Fund, to explore solutions to enable this, for example through specially adapted glasses. We also welcome the fact that the National Deaf Children's Society are advisors on this project.

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