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March 2, 2004

Deaf, partly deaf push for better closed-captioning

From: WTNH - New Haven,CT,USA - Mar 2, 2004

(Hartford-AP, Mar. 2, 2004 7:25 PM) _ Deaf and partly deaf residents and advocates say they need better closed-captioning services during televised newscasts.

Lawmakers were told at a hearing today that closed-captioning during newscasts is difficult for the hearing impaired to understand.

With the help of a sign language interpreter, he explained that weather and traffic reports and some breaking news reports have incomplete closed captioning, making them difficult to understand.

Advocates have before pushed for legislation requiring closed captioning in movie theaters, but it failed.

Advocates say they've met with T-V stations, but have not had much success fixing the problem.

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