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Election 2018: 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

All About the Holidays
Episode 18
2 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Primary Citizenship
Episode 6
12 minutes
Grade Level: K - 6
22 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 8
50 minutes
Grade Level: 8 - 12
1 hour 50 minutes
Grade Level: 8 - 12
17 minutes
Grade Level: K - 6
29 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Democracy In America
Episode 8
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Democracy In America
Episode 1
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Democracy It Is!
Episode 2
1 hour 0 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
16 minutes
Grade Level: K - 4
16 minutes
Grade Level: K - 4
Democracy In America
Episode 13
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Exploring Our Nation
Episode 5
11 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
The Black American Experience
Season 0 / Ep 4
31 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Democracy In America
Episode 3
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
12 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 6
22 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 12
20 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 10
17 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 6
18 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Democracy In America
Episode 14
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
9 minutes
Grade Level: 1 - 5
39 minutes
Grade Level: 10 - 12
23 minutes
Grade Level: 1 - 6
Democracy In America
Episode 12
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
10 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 12
58 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Democracy In America
Episode 11
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Pups Of Liberty
Episode 1
17 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Pups Of Liberty
Episode 2
18 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 6
The Black American Experience
Season 0 / Ep 2
20 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 12
28 minutes
Grade Level: 2 - 6
21 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 10
Democracy In America
Episode 2
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Democracy In America
Episode 9
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Democracy In America
Episode 7
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
13 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Democracy In America
Episode 10
30 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Primary Citizenship
Episode 3
10 minutes
Grade Level: K - 6
Primary Citizenship
Episode 2
10 minutes
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 also attracted attention in this 2016 campaign. 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.


educators