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  • Video capture of Derrick Coleman speaking. Caption reads "I think everybody has a unique story." Image of Coleman in Seahawks uniform running with football.

    Derrick Coleman: Deaf NFL Player and Role Model

    Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks fullback, is deaf, but you'd never know it on the football field. He's embraced the challenge and perfected the art of lipreading to succeed in the sport he loves. About this first person to play both defense and offense in the National Football League (NFL), his mother states: “Everything that people told Derrick he could not do, he’s doing it.”

    Watch this short NFL video about Derrick which was captioned by the DCMP.  When the video initially appeared on the NFL website, only Derrick’s on-camera speech was captioned. Numerous individuals posted a comment requesting that the entire video be captioned, and the DCMP contacted the NFL, volunteering to perform the work. The NFL and Seahawks readily agreed. The video appears with the DCMP captions on the NFL website, and the NFL agreed to allow DCMP to distribute it through our library. This is a great illustration as to how your advocacy can make a difference! Let producers and distributors know when videos are not accessible, and sometimes the desired outcome will occur.

    Unfortunately, Coleman broke his foot in October and won't be playing in this year's Super Bowl XLIX, but it hasn't affected the inspiration he brings to deaf children across the country.

  • 2015 Black Deaf History Month.

    A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

    The theme for Black History Month in 2015 is "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture”. DCMP has great described and captioned media resources to aid in your study!

    Parents and teachers with children who are deaf or hard of hearing should also not miss the updated DCMP article Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History by Benro Ogunyipeon on behalf of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA). Learn about a new generation of 28 black deaf people in leadership. The NBDA is the official advocacy organization for thousands of Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans, at the forefront of efforts for civil rights and equal access to education and employment.

  • A young girl stands outdoors wearing a white hoody that says I heart accessibility.

    Valentine’s Day: Love Notes to the DCMP

    These comments were received from DCMP members in January:

    Best resource I've ever seen related to the content!

    The captioning is wonderful & helpful, allowing for a complete understanding of what is being taught.

    As always, the videos I have watched from your catalog have been well presented, and captions are always accurate!

    Kids liked this film. The "stick" insect was a hit.

    Excellent audio described video presenting the interconnectedness of nutrients and the digestive system. 30 visually impaired students watched and discussed the video.

    But the most rewarding feedback came from a video producer who called us and cried, saying the DCMP description on her video had added significant impact and learning value to it! Tell your colleagues not to miss out. There are five key reasons to use the DCMP. Pass on the word and love to teachers, colleagues, parents, and others!

  • Several children sit on a classroom floor, watching The Cat in the Hat, captioned on a large TV hanging on a wall.

    Read Captions Across America

    You are invited to join DCMP for our tenth annual Read Captions Across America (RCAA) event! RCCA is a partnership with the NEA's Read Across America. DCMP’s RCAA event promotes the importance of captioned media (e.g., broadcast, Internet, DVD) as an instant reading incentive and literacy tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    If you are a believer, we need your help! Join the fun on March 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and order your free RCAA Event Kit consisting of posters, bookmarks and certificates. Members also can borrow a special DVD containing six Dr. Seuss video titles.

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