Launch of Kansas: Open Caption Initiatives AND Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now! Petition

02/01/16 – Update to Correct Mini Campaign Card URL

Special Announcement

Welcome to the launch of Hearing Loss Association of America – Kansas City Chapter Kansas: Open Caption Initiatives and ‘Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!’  petition.   Please share with your friends, family, co-workers, medical health professionals and business owners that live in Kansas and out-of-state so we at local levels can build support up as Kansas Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing work from the state down to help make Kansas more deaf and hard of hearing accessible!   We will soon have a Facebook group to help track our progress.
Thank you in advance for your support!

 Kansas Open Captioning Initiatives 

Hearing Loss Association of America – Kansas City Chapter (HLAA-KC) is seeking support of Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH)’s mandate for itself to include a possible legislative action and/or meaningful statewide change, for several open captioning initiatives. The project is called Kansas: Turn on the Captions Now! 

Such initiatives, possibly divided into several separate steps, shall include

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1) Public TVs in Public Places
2) Open Captioning in Movie Theaters
3) Open Captioning at Major Public Events

KCDHH mandate will also include more amendments such as Open Captioning in Live Theaters.

HLAA-KC is seeking support from local authorities and organizations and national HLAA to enact action to work up from local level as KCDHH works from the State level down. While local levels are strengthen support, KCDHH Executive Director, Robert Cooper, would like to have local level supporters ready to help move forward and upward to towards KCDHH’s mandate. KCDHH will also be working towards legislation with several commission members as well as community members/supporters to talk with legislators and see if any show interest. Then KCDHH would keep communicating on this part on who’s interested and then figuring best approach to get that legislator to start working on getting a legislation introduced and get a vote on mandate. HLAAKC and KCDHH are employing multiple approaches at the same time while figuring out whichever appear to work out the best if not all 3 proposals.

The mandate is modeled after Portland, Turn On The Captions Now, (Founders: Jim House, Carol Studenmund, & David Viers), which successfully passed into law Dec 18, 2015. This law requires all TVs in public places have the captioning turned on during business hours. This does not cost a business anything to turn the captions on, which is a positive way to promote this. The mandate is also modeled after Hawaii’s Law Requires Movie Theaters to Offer Open Captioning, which requires where there are two or more theaters owned in the state by same person, the movie theater must show each movie that comes with captioning to be shown twice per week with open captions.

Supporters of turn on the captions of public TVs can sign the Change.Org petition:

http://bit.ly/KansasTurnOntheTVCaptionsNow

When patronizing a public place whose TV captions are turned off, use HLAAKC’s Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now mini campaign cards as an advocating tool and politely explain the reasons for Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now! Print, cut out and store cards in your car, purse or leave in your business lobby.

If you are in support of Open Captioning in Movie Theaters and Open Captioning at Major Public Events of the mandate; please send your supportive words to HLAAKC@gmail.com. Petitions for these will be created in near future.

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter
The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends. 

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Open Captioned ‘The Revenant’ THIS Saturday

                           ********** THIS SATURDAY January 30, 2016 at 2:55PM ***********

BUY TICKETS

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********** THIS SATURDAY January 30, 2016 2:55PM ***********

Rated: R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
IMBd ratings: Ratings: 8.3/10 from 88,127 users

* * * * ALLOW 3 HOURS to see this movie * * * *

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. True story.

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

For more information see the Revenant Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RevenantMovie/?fref=ts

Look for Hassle Free Parking Directions for Alamo at HR Block 13th and Main. The garage will be FREE OF CHARGE after 6pm Monday through Friday, after 12pm on Saturday, and all day Sunday! For additional parking options : https://drafthouse.com/kansas-city/theater/mainstreet/directions

Remember to get your parking ticket validated at Alamo’s front desk.
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THE ONLINE TICKETS ARE POSTED & Ready for Purchase!

We strongly suggest you buy tickets online in advance! OC movies often sell out quick! You can buy at the door, but it could be sold out. Rain checks can be applied at the online check-out by entering the bar code. Rain Checks can be used for any movie even if the rain check was for a regular movie, but you want to buy a ticket for higher price movie.

Alamo has dining at your seat and all the food is delicious! Nice to sit back and not have to get up in dark theater to get things you like.

Please let the Alamo staff know how much you appreciate the theater leading the way in providing OPEN Captioning making Kansas City deaf & hard-of-hearing accessible! HLAA-KC says ‘Thank you – Alamo!’

Please watch for open caption movie event updates at
HLAA-KC Facebook Event THE REVENANT and Metro Kc Open Caption Movie Fan Club.

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See you soon – This Saturday!

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Hope Dummy Hoy Makes Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018!

The William Hoy Story Book Cover

Hearing Loss Association of America – Kansas City Chapter would like to share an update from the Hoy For the Hall Committee.

The Hoy For The Hall Committee was certainly disappointed with the Hall of Fame vote last year. While we will absolutely try again in 2018 (when Hoy will next be eligible) our efforts in educating people about Dummy Hoy have not slowed down. In fact, the effort has picked up steam.

As you may or may not now, our committee member, Nancy Churnin, will have her children’s picture book (The William Hoy Story) released on March 1 of this year! Already, the book has received great reviews from some of the most credible sources within the industry. With the release date just weeks away, the Hoy Committee stands behind her 100%.

Refer to the inaugural copy of, The Hoy ReportOur 1st issue is a Special Edition, featuring Nancy Churnin and her book. With members of our committee writing columns supporting her as well as an in-depth interview with Nancy, we’re hopeful our 1st issue is a hit with all those we’ve been in contact with over the years. While the report is just now being circulated, two of our members have been interviewed already by the Texas Jewish Post!

I hope you enjoy the content of our report. If so, we invite you to not only subscribe to our newsletter, but to circulate it to as many people within your personal circle who may find this of value, and to have them contact us as well.  With future issues featuring interviews with other members of our committee and any breaking news about Dummy Hoy, our dual purpose is not just keeping alive the Hoy story, but to promote and expand it. We want to inspire others who are Deaf or hard of hearing with news about them, for them, and to educate the mainstream about Hoy and his iconic status within Deaf culture.

Of course we’re looking for exposure in other avenues. If you know anyone in the media who may be interested in our cause, please have them contact either (Steve or Gary) listed below.

Please enjoy! If you are interested in subscribing, please email the following people with a short note:

Steve Sandy dmyhoy@gmail.com
Gary Kaschak gkaschak@comcast.net (609) 280-1645

PS- And be sure to order a copy of the book! Ordering instructions follow the interview with Nancy.

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Hearing Loss Association of America – Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

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Open Captioned ‘The Big Short’

HLAAKC The Big Short

Sunday, January 24, 2016
11:20 AM – 1:45 PM

Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City

1400 Main St
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
(816) 474-4545
Get Directions

Watch Trailer with Captions

Buy Tickets  $8.75 each.  Rain Checks accepted online

5 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture!

The Big Short (2015)
R | 130 min | Biography, Drama | 23 December 2015 (USA)
IMbd rating 8.0 Ratings: 8.0/10 from 41,671 users

True Story –
Four denizens of the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Charles Randolph (screenplay), Adam McKay
Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling,  Brad Pitt

Watch the IMdb trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/

The Big Short Movie Facebook Page


hlaakc alamo
Look for Hassle Free Parking Directions for Alamo:
 https://drafthouse.com/kansas-city/theater/mainstreet/directions

Remember to get your parking ticket validated at Alamo’s front desk.

We strongly suggest you buy tickets online in advance! OC movies often sell out quick!  You can buy at the door, but it could be sold out. Rain checks can be applied at the online check-out by entering the bar code. Rain Checks can be used for any movie even if the rain check was for a regular movie, but you want to buy a ticket for higher price movie.

Alamo has dining at your seat and all the food is delicious! Nice to sit back and not have to get up in dark theater to get things you like.

Please let the Alamo staff know how much you appreciate the theater leading the way in providing OPEN Captioning making Kansas City deaf & hard-of-hearing accessible!
HLAA-KC says ‘Thank you – Alamo!’

Please watch for open caption movie event updates at
HLAA-KC Facebook Event for THE BIG SHORT and Metro Kc Open Caption Movie Fan Club.

Thank you Alamo!

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Hearing Loss Association of America 
Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

hlaakc@gmail.com. | https://hlaakc.com/ | 913-904-0242 | Follow us: WordPress Twitter Facebook
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Open Captioned THE REVENANT

 

CANCELLED – SUNDAY, JANUARY 24th 12:30pm

Alamo Drafthouse   1400 Main St    Kansas City MO 64105   Show Map

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Rated: R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
IMBd ratings: Ratings: 8.3/10 from 88,127 users

* * * * ALLOW 3 HOURS to see this movie * * * *

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. True story.

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter |

For more information see the Revenant Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RevenantMovie/?fref=ts

Look for Hassle Free Parking Directions for Alamo at HR Block bulding after 12pm: https://drafthouse.com/kansas-city/theater/mainstreet/directions

Remember to get your parking ticket validated at Alamo’s front desk.

THE ONLINE TICKETS ARE NOT POSTED YET, but it is at 12:30 in open captions. Keep watching for it to be posted.

We strongly suggest you buy tickets online in advance! OC movies often sell out quick! You can buy at the door, but it could be sold out. Rain checks can be applied at the online check-out by entering the bar code. Rain Checks can be used for any movie even if the rain check was for a regular movie, but you want to buy a ticket for higher price movie.

Alamo has dining at your seat and all the food is delicious! Nice to sit back and not have to get up in dark theater to get things you like.

Please let the Alamo staff know how much you appreciate the theater leading the way in providing OPEN Captioning making Kansas City deaf & hard-of-hearing accessible! HLAA-KC says ‘Thank you – Alamo!’

Please watch for open caption movie event updates at
HLAA-KC Facebook Event THE REVENANT) and Metro Kc Open Caption Movie Fan Club.

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens with Open Captions (OC)

Saturday, January 9th 4pm

Regal Kansas City 18 Cinemas

3200 Ameristar Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64161   Get Directions
(844) 462-7342

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REGAL has generously scheduled a surprise open caption showing of Star Wars The Force Awakens THIS Saturday (Jan 9th) at 4pm.

We may not be as fortunate to have Hawaii’s law of two OC showings per week of every movie (see link for more info: Hawaii New Law Requires Theaters to Offer Movies with Open Captioning), but we are sure trying to make a change for our Missouri and Kansas deaf/hoh movie goers and their family and friends!

Now you have choices of THIS Saturday (Jan 9th) at 4pm at Regal

OR

NEXT Saturday (Jan 16th, 2:30pm) 2:30 at B & B Theatres.

May both OC events be successful and thank goodness for choices!

OC advocacy was directed at multiple theaters and B&B responded sooner for NEXT Saturday and REGAL responded later, but for THIS Saturday and Regal has already placed it on their schedule.

Regal’s special showing will include Open Captions! The dialog will appear under the film. No closed captioning devices and no Sony Entertainment glasses are needed.

Bring everyone you know to help us show theaters that people want equal access to movies and do not have to worry about CC devices not working. Just grab your popcorn and drinks – sit down and relax like everyone else!

Number of seats in auditorium is unknown at the time of this posting. Will update the number of seats when information is available.

The TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW.

All ages: $6.04 each

Advance tickets may be purchased at the theatre or by using link below  (Fandango charges a $1.35 convenience fee for each ticket purchased online).

Fandango Link:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (OC)

The TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW at theater or at URL above.

Please watch this page and  Metro Kc Open Caption Movies Fan Club for updates.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, 2 more credits »
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

hlaakc@gmail.com. | https://hlaakc.com/ | 913-904-0242 | Follow us: WordPress Twitter Facebook
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Open Captions (OC)

Saturday, January 16th 2:30pm

 

B&B Theatres Overland Park 16
8601 W 135th St, Overland Park, Kansas 66223   Get Directions

(913) 814-7469

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This special showing will include Open Captions! The dialog will appear under the film. No closed captioning devices are needed. Please help support those with hearing loss who need captioning!

Hawaii’s law (Hawaii’s New Law Required Movie Theaters to Offer Open Captioning) has become effective Jan 1st to show each movie with open captions TWICE a WEEK. In Kansas City, It will be nearly a month since movie was released before The Force Awakens could be shown with Open Captions ONE time at only ONE theater! Plus ALOT of advocacy was done by a few people to make this event happen!

Auditorium #16 at B & B Theatre has 435 seats, so bring everyone you know to help us show theaters that people want equal access to movies and do not have to worry about CC devices not working. Just grab your popcorn and drinks – sit down and relax like everyone else!

Keep watching BB Theatre Overland Park 16 link for when the tickets become available.

Tickets will be
Adults 12-59 $7.00
Child 4-11 $6.00
Seniors 60 and up $6.50

Please watch HLAA-KC Facebook B&B OC Star Wars Event and Metro Kc Open Caption Movies Fan Club for updates.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, 2 more credits »
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

hlaakc@gmail.com. | https://hlaakc.com/ | 913-904-0242 | Follow us: WordPress Twitter Facebook
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