A new law in Albuquerque, New Mexico—the Closed Captioning Ordinance—requires that closed captioning be turned on during normal business hours on TVs in locations open to the general public, according to an article in the Albuquerque Journal.

In a guest column authored by Stephen O. Frazier, a co-chair on the Committee for Communication Access in NM, he writes that, “For the hard of hearing, hearing aids won’t solve the problem—they’re really only effective with speech coming from within 6 feet or so. Hearing aids or turning up the volume obviously won’t help the deaf.”

According to the article, the ordinance will be enforced by the city’s Office of Civil Rights, and noncompliance could result in a fine of up to $500.

To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

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