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Election 2020: DCMP Accessible Media, Teaching Ideas, and Resources on Elections and Voting

Whether you're focused on national, state, or local elections, DCMP has accessible resources to support your classroom. These include dozens of described and captioned videos for all grade levels. We also have compiled sources of information concerning the "Help America Vote Act" and other resources of special interest to voters who are blind or deaf.


Accessible Media

Still image from: All About the Holidays: Election Day
All About the Holidays
Episode 18
1 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Still image from: America's Symbols
Primary Citizenship
Episode 6
11 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: K - 6
Still image from: Ameriquest Kids: Your Right To Vote
21 minutes 40 seconds
Grade Level: 3 - 8
Still image from: Barack Obama
50 minutes 3 seconds
Grade Level: 8 - 12
Still image from: Barack Obama: The Power Of Change
1 hours 49 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 8 - 12
Still image from: Barack Obama: The Story of Our 44th President
16 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: K - 6
Still image from: Bloomers to Ballot
26 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Bureaucracy: A Controversial Necessity
Democracy In America
Episode 8
28 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Citizenship: Making Government Work
Democracy In America
Episode 1
28 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Democracy It Is! Tier II
Democracy It Is!
Episode 2
59 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Duck for President
15 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Still image from: Duck for President (Spanish)
15 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Still image from: Elections: The Maintenance Of Democracy
Democracy In America
Episode 13
28 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Exploring Our Nation: How to Become a President of the United States
Exploring Our Nation
Episode 5
10 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Fannie Lou Hamer: Voting Rights Activist
The Black American Experience
Season 0 / Ep 4
30 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Federalism: U.S. V. The State
Democracy In America
Episode 3
28 minutes 1 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Grace for President
11 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Still image from: Guerrilla Guide To Politics
22 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Hail to the Chief: Presidential Elections
20 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 10
Still image from: How to Elect a President
16 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Still image from: I Could Do That: Ester Morris Gets Women The Vote
17 minutes 4 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Still image from: Interest Groups: Organizing To Influence
Democracy In America
Episode 14
28 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Madam President
10 minutes 9 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 5
Still image from: My Father The Luo
39 minutes 48 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.
23 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 6
Still image from: Political Parties: Mobilizing Agents
Democracy In America
Episode 12
28 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: President Obama Signs 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act
10 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Priceless
55 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Public Opinion: Voice Of The People
Democracy In America
Episode 11
28 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Pups Of Liberty: The Boston Tea-Bone Party
Pups Of Liberty
Episode 1
16 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Still image from: Pups Of Liberty: The Dog-claration Of Independence
Pups Of Liberty
Episode 2
18 minutes 1 seconds
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Still image from: Shirley Chisholm: First Black American Congresswoman
The Black American Experience
Season 0 / Ep 2
19 minutes 52 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: So You Want To Be President?
27 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 2 - 6
Still image from: The Background Of The United States Constitution
20 minutes 39 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 10
Still image from: The Constitution: Fixed Or Flexible?
Democracy In America
Episode 2
28 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: The Courts: Our Rule Of Law
Democracy In America
Episode 9
28 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: The Modern Presidency: Tools Of Power
Democracy In America
Episode 7
28 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: The New Deal
11 minutes 50 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Understanding Media: The Inside Story
Democracy In America
Episode 10
28 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: We are Citizens
Primary Citizenship
Episode 3
9 minutes 16 seconds
Grade Level: K - 6
Still image from: We Vote
Primary Citizenship
Episode 2
8 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: K - 6

Titles With Teacher Guides:

America’s SymbolsBarack ObamaBarack Obama: The Story of Our 44th PresidentBloomers to BallotDuck for PresidentExploring Our Nation: How to Become a President of the United StatesGrace for PresidentI Could Do That: Ester Morris Gets Women the VoteMadam PresidentMy Senator and Me: A Dog’s-eye View of Washington, D.C.Pups of LibertySo You Want to be PresidentWe are CitizensWe Vote


Educator Resources

A Political Profile of Persons With Disabilities: Pew Research Center

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/09/22/a-political-profile-of-disabled-americans/
The potential of the disabled as a voting bloc has attracted attention from political campaigns. Overall, Americans with disabilities have thought about the upcoming election and care about who wins at rates similar to Americans without disabilities. However, on the whole, those with disabilities are less likely to turn out to vote on Election Day, as they face a number of obstacles to voting.

Help America Vote - What is HAVA?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4fmI0kqVrQ&feature=plcp
This captioned YouTube video from Arkansas introduces the viewer to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. Your state may have similar material.

The Blind Voter Experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_yTfEO2Kz8
The 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was designed to enable voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently, by requiring that all polling places have at least one accessible voting system. In this video by the National Federation of the Blind, there are demonstrations as to how to handle different scenarios on election day if you're blind.

The Blind and Visually Impaired Voter's Guide [DOC]

http://dcmp.co/blind_voters
This paper from the National Federation of the Blind overviews HAVA, why blind Americans should vote, how to register to vote, and resources to help identify polling place locations, voting procedures, and more.

Deaf Voter Rights: Accessible Polling Places

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EEMAClFtCc
Captioned and in American Sign Language, this ACLU YouTube video overviews the ways that all polling places must be physically accessible for people with disabilities. Adds that any person can bring almost anyone into the voting booth except their employer, and that anyone can always ask for help from the poll workers.

Why Should Deaf People Vote?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh1Vj-EnXRc
This signed and captioned video by "Rooted In Rights" encourages deaf persons to vote and provides reasons why voting is crucial for such persons.


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