Described and Captioned Media Program Wednesday, September 1, 2010

This month’s features:

Vocabulary Builders


20 Years
With the ADA


Wikiscribe It!

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DCMP highlights our Vocabulary Builders video series.

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The ADA celebrated its 20th Anniversary this summer.

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The free Wikiscriptionary of detailed descriptions for the blind.

Vocabulary Builders in Sign Language

Download the new "Vocabulary Builders" flyer [PDF] for links to many DCMP titles focused on sign language.

DCMP is a leader in providing access to captioned, educational media. But did you know that we also offer many resources to promote access through sign language as well? There are over 100 titles in the DCMP collection on sign language.

DCMP, in conjunction with Jacksonville State University in Alabama, produced a series of sign language vocabulary videos called: Vocabulary Builders in Sign Language. The videos are intended to introduce sign language that is specific to a particular class or subject matter, utilizing deaf professionals signing vocabulary related to their field of expertise.

We noticed a need among sign language users for educational vocabulary. Many interpreters, teachers, and students are unfamiliar with specialized sign vocabulary because the concepts occur infrequently in daily communication.

This comment was recently posted by a viewer of one of the videos: "I'm an interpreter and for someone who has always been weak in the subject area, this video was extremely helpful. Thanks for posting!"

Don't miss this opportunity to increase your sign language skills! View our vocabulary builders on YouTube, iTunes U, and through the DCMP collection.

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Celebrating 20 Years With the ADA

Download the new "Celebrating the ADA" flyer [PDF] for links to many DCMP titles focused on disability law.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George Bush on July 26, 1990. Prior to this law, individuals with disabilities experienced discrimination in all parts of their lives, from the individual in a wheelchair who couldn't enter a college building to the individual who is blind not being able to access his public library. The ADA is the most comprehensive law, in America or the world, for protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Today, individuals with disabilities do not experience the lack of access that was common place a few decades ago. On September 25, 2008 Congress and President George W. Bush reaffirmed the importance of the ADA by signing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. The Amendments Act emphasized the intent of the original ADA by supporting a broad interpretation of "disability" so that the maximum number of individuals would receive protection under the law.

July 26, 2010 was the 20th anniversary of the ADA. This was a day of celebration for the millions who are protected under this law as well as all Americans. You can access a video of the festivities at the White House (video, standard audio, open captions) (video, audio descriptions, open captions) .

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Share Your Vision With Wikiscribe It!

Wikiscribe It! is a new online community that offers teachers, parents, and students a fun and educational opportunity to promote personal insights, writing skills, and community service. Found on the web at, Wikiscribe It! is an interactive wiki-style website where sighted people post descriptions of images for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Dedicated to improving visual literacy (the knowledge of what things look like and the use of that knowledge in everyday life), Wikiscribe It! is looking for volunteers to Share Your Vision and invites students (as well as teachers and parents) to describe anything: their favorite paintings, their favorite views, their favorite album covers, movie posters, TV commercials, magazine covers, web-images... everything from Bigfoot to the International Space Station. There is only one rule: be Wikiscriptive.

It's easy to participate in this creative educational tool:

  • Select interesting images from culture, art, sport, or science
  • Create detailed descriptions (aka Wikiscriptions- see the website for Guidelines/Format hints)
  • Share Wikiscriptions with family and the rest of the class
  • Post Wikiscriptions on

Creating and sharing Wikiscriptions can be a powerful learning exercise for students, parents, and teachers:

  • Invites the students to share their ideas and interpretations of visual images
  • Engages the students' imaginations and improves critical thinking skills
  • Requires students to write descriptively and persuasively
  • Gets students to think about others who might be different from them
  • Allows students to volunteer in a classroom setting or at home, helping one of the fastest growing segments of persons with disabilities

You and your students will be surprised how much you see when you have to really look and Share Your Vision.

For more information contact William H. Grignon, founder of Wikiscribe It!:

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Quick Hits

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2010 Young Described Film Critic Contest (YDFC)


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For the second year, the "Young Described Film Critic of the Year" contest was sponsored by the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project , in collaboration with the DCMP as part of Listening is Learning. Young people who are blind or have low vision were invited to submit short reviews of any described movie.  The contest concluded in early July with the announcement of five contest winners from two age ranges.


Junior Category, ages 11-14:

Michael T., NY, reviewed "Field of Dreams" - 1st Place
Nick Z., IL, reviewed "Notorious" - 2nd Place
Leo S., IL, reviewed "Goodfellas" - 3rd Place

Senior Catgeory, ages 15-18:

Analis D., SD, reviewed "Spiderman" - 1st Place
Deanna W., FL, reviewed "Nova: The Mummy Who Would Be King-The Saga of Pharaoh Ramses" - 2nd Place

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