On-demand Accessible Television for Home and the Classroom
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education announced that several children’s television programs could now be viewed online with captioning and description through DCMP’s Accessible Television Portal. Since that time, DCMP has continued working with ED Television Access grantees to make accessible television content available at no cost to thousands of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblind. Broadcast content is provided by the major television networks, as well as producers and distributors like PBS Kids, the Fred Rogers Company, Sprout, and Litton Entertainment.
The initial 73 episodes of 19 different children’s television programs has expanded to 473 episodes of 56 programs. Additional broadcast content from other DCMP partners brings the total to 108 television programs with over 1,300 episodes, including nearly 400 in Spanish. These include programs such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, Plaza Sésamo, Ocean Mysteries, and Teen Kids News.
We’ve made it easier for you to navigate through Accessible Television programs at dcmp.org. A new graphical interface displays the most recently added episodes, and you can scroll through all the series and see how many episodes are available for each. Hovering over or tapping once on individual episodes reveals the duration, grade levels, and accessibility features.
Television has always been an important educational tool, but in some ways it has become more difficult to utilize in classrooms. By offering educational programs on-demand, the U.S. Department of Education, Television Access grantees, and DCMP provide a bridge that connects your students with high quality educational content.