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Teacher Appreciation Week

Professor Snape pushes down the heads of students Harry Potter and Ron Weasley toward their school books.

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May of each year. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”

It's impossible to overstate the importance and influence of teachers in the lives of our children, and especially so of those who work with students who have the additional challenges of deafness, hearing loss, blindness, or low vision. These challenges can be complicated further when combined with autism, Down syndrome, and other health conditions.

Educators at schools and at home continually step up and redefine challenges in positive ways that better the lives and opportunities of our children. Resources for teachers are often limited. Video is used more and more in the classroom, but most lack accessibility features that are crucial for this population of students.

We at DCMP are inspired when we see teachers and parents going that extra mile to ensure that the education process is inclusive and equal. Media accessibility is important to us, the U.S. Department of Education, our captioning and description vendors, and the hundreds of educational video producers and distributors who work with us to provide thousands of free, accessible educational videos.

Thank you to all the teachers who participated in our member survey, providing invaluable information that helps us gear media selection and technological improvements towards the wants and needs of educators. Thank you for your roles in preparing the next generation of Americans and finding ways to overcome both old and new challenges. And most of all, thank you for caring.

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