Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed by children with visual or hearing disabilities using closed captioning and auditory descriptions. The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that free, video-on-demand children’s programming through the Accessible Television Portal project would allow students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing access to children’s television programming. Children in K–12, their teachers, interpreters, and family members are eligible to register for the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).
More than 40 programs such as, The Magic School Bus, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Ocean Mysteries, Expedition Wild, and Inventions That Shook the World are available with several seasons and episodes ready for use. Go to http://www.dcmp.org/ to apply for the program. After the approval process, accessible content can be used with, and by, students in the classroom and at home via the web, mobile phones and tablets, mobile apps, and set-top boxes. Be sure to make your teachers aware of this opportunity for their students.