If a person is deaf or hearing impaired, taking in a movie at the local cinema may not be the most ideal way to spend an evening.
Many deaf and hearing impaired movie-goers, such as the members of the Oswego County BOCES Deaf/Hard of Hearing Club, find that closed-captioned showings are offered at non-peak hours or are not offered for every movie in the theater, limiting their movie selection.
That is until club member Char Purchase from the Mexico Academy and Central School District introduced her fellow club members to Daniel Farfaglia at a recent meeting.
Purchase invited Farfaglia to speak to the group about new closed captioning glasses that allow a deaf or hearing-impaired person such as himself to read captioning during a movie.
A product of SONY, Farfaglia explained how the glasses stream the movie’s dialogue onto the lenses and that the glasses are currently available at Regal theaters in the central New York area.
The Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Club is in its third year at OCB. OCB staff members consisting of teachers of the deaf, interpreters, speech/language therapists, counselors, and audiologists provide professional support during club meetings and special guests, such as Farfaglia, are invited to share essential resources and information to support the growth and independence of youth who are deaf or hearing impaired.
The club provides student-members with an opportunity to socialize with their peers, organize outreach projects that benefit their local communities, and participate in fun and educational-based learning activities.
For parent-members, the club gives them an opportunity to engage in open conversations about the joys, successes, and challenges of raising a child who is deaf and/or hard of hearing.