What is DCMP?
The Described and Captioned Media Program promotes and provides equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind by providing services at no cost to familiy members, educators, and other professionals with qualifying students.
DCMP provides a Media Center of thousands of accessible educational videos. We work with producers and distributors of educational media to provide described and captioned versions for family members and educators with early learners through Grade 12 students with a disability. Media items are available on demand and on DVD with return postage paid. All DCMP services are free to those who qualify. DCMP members can:
- access thousands of educational videos that are captioned and described, including training for parents, teachers and interpreters.
- check out videos on DVD (with free return postage), or watch instantly on PC, Roku, Apple TV, tablets and smartphones. iOS users can download our free app from iTunes.
- create Student Accounts to promote independent learning, with control over which videos students have access to.
- access hundreds of posts on education, accessibility and advocacy in our Learning Center.
- stay up-to-date on news and recently added videos by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
- watch accessible television series such as The Magic School Bus, BizKids, Daniel Tiger, Ocean Mysteries and Bill Nye.
DCMP members can browse and search for videos based on state and national educational standards. DCMP uses EdGate Correlation Services to ensure that state K-12 standards are kept accurate and up-to-date. Standards include:
- Common Core
- State Standards
- Next Generation Science Standards
- National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
- K-12 ASL Content Standards
DCMP provides accessibility information through posts in our Learning Center. Topics include include captioning, description, laws pertaining to accessibility, assistive technology, and an array of other subjects that are relevant to parents, teachers, interpreters, school administrators, captioners, describers, and media producers and distributors.
DCMP's eLearning Resources page includes resources for teachers; professional and amateur captioners and describers; students in transition and their teachers; and ASL interpreters. Some trainings offer CEU credit. Resources include:
- Free, online training Modules.
- Webinars pertaining to the field of accessible media.
- QuickClasses, asynchronous, online classes for professionals working with students who are deaf or blind.
Guidelines for Describing and Captioning Media
DCMP's guidelines for making educational media accessible are available for anyone to use, and indeed are utilized on all levels of video production, from broadcast content to educational video to teacher-created video.
DCMP stakeholders are professionals who have a variety of backgrounds and experience in advocating for individuals who are deaf, blind, or deaf-blind. Stakeholders have included respected figures in leadership organizations, educators, administrators, parents, media suppliers, media producers, and description/captioning service providers. The diversity of this board not only enhances the services that DCMP provides, but also acts as a catalyst for change in the DCMP to keep pace with change in education and technology.
Ideas That Work
The DCMP is an idea that works thanks to funding by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National Association of the Deaf.