Film is a large part of mainstream culture enjoyed by millions, yet film is not equally accessible to all. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when silent movies were the norm, Deaf and Hearing communities enjoyed similar movie-going experiences. With the advent of talkies, the mainstream movie-going experience began its divide.

Although closed captioning was made mandatory by law in 1958, dialogue is not the only important information conveyed by sound. For example, filmmakers use music and non-speech sounds to elicit specific emotions in viewers and/or to convey the intentions of characters.

Accessibility of films may be improved through better-written descriptions of music and auditory cues, user-friendly assisted devices, and increased emphasis on visual storytelling and non-auditory cues.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 4-30-2023


Katie M. Moore

Mentor Department Affiliation

American Sign Language and Interpreter Education

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Applied Human Sciences